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Lower Back Pain & Exercise

Updated: Feb 16


Some interesting info for you...

Lower back pain is the most common symptom of a spinal disorder affecting

over 80% of people at some point in their life and roughly 4 - 33% of a population at

any one time.

Lower Back Pain is also the most common cause of disability worldwide.

Although most cases of back pain are nothing serious and disappear spontaneously,

the sheer number of people affected makes it a very costly condition, imposing a

considerable burden on the individual and society, with reoccurrence extremely

common.


Causes of Lower Back Pain...

Many factors can contribute to the causes of lower back pain including physical, psychological, sociological, genetic and occupational issues. More serious or 'specific' causes of lower back pain can be from pathologies such as osteoporosis, arthritis, tumours, infections and damage to the nerves and other structures of the spine such as the discs.


Treatments of Lower Back Pain...

Treatments for back pain vary depending on how long you have had the pain, how severe it is and your individual needs and preferences. Typical treatments include: Medication; Manual therapy (such as physiotherapy); Relaxation techniques; Lifestyle changes (occupational, losing weight etc); Resumption of activities of daily living & Exercise! (and this is what I want to focus on in this blog!)

So...


The traditional approach to back pain

management has been to view back pain as a structural problem that requires

rest to recover, often involving prolonged bed rest. Although limited bed rest

(two days) may be appropriate in certain cases, there is evidence that

prolonged bed rest may be counterproductive and may actually increase the severity of the pain. People who remain active are likely to recover more quickly.


A considerable number of reviews and scientific studies have shown exercise to be significantly more effective for treating lower back pain than rest!




How do I design programming for clients with Lower Back Pain?

Subject to the individuals level of mobility & capacity, 2 of my main focuses when designing programmes are to get my clients moving more and to stabilise and strengthen their core.


Here's a demonstration of an exercise that I use in core stabilisation; the 4 point arm & leg extension.


This exercise has a great benefit to the whole body including helping you to stabilise your centre whilst moving your limbs (balance); improving your pelvic stability & strengthening the glutes.




What plans do I have available to cater for issues of Lower Back Pain?

With bespoke online coaching, I will undertake a full lifestyle audit including a back pain assessment which will enable me to prescribe a plan fully tailored to you and your conditions. I will be there to guide and support you every step of the way (and you don't even need to leave your home).


Click here to book a short call in with me so we can chat about your pain and how I can help in further detail.







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