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How does exercise help low back pain? Let's take a look at occupation.

Updated: May 6, 2023

Back pain is prevalent across society, and is also the second largest reason for time off work in the UK alone..... with mental health ranked at number one.

There are many causes of low back pain, but here I will look at desk careers and heavy manual careers. Desk careers bring many issues from postural issues, being in one position for a prolonged period of time which can cause muscle imbalances. Muscle imbalances means your body isn't as optimal as it should be.

Weakened muscles and uneven loading can all cause problems elsewhere such as hitting your lower back. Altered gait, aches, pains and pressure on the spine.

Manual careers often involve a lot of lifting, or repetitive actions where typically no thought is given to posture or doing it safely. This can lead to awkward lifting patterns, placing loads on the spine in an unsafe way. This leads to overburdening the spine which can lead to pain, and again, muscle imbalances.

How does exercise help back pain? As mentioned above, muscle imbalances means muscles are weak. Correct and appropriate exercise strengthens weak muscles, addressing the issues to reduce pain.

Back pain comes in many guises from being very low on the pain scale to extreme pain at the higher end of the scale. After discussing your back pain condition with you I then move on to addressing your back pain. This involves assessing your posture, your gait, range of motion at joints and then taking a pro-active approach.

Sessions are aimed, as always, to work with you to improve your low back pain. Sessions are personalised and we look at the ways forward that will benefit you. Sometimes back pain may simply be improved with simply getting more active, or there can be more to it requiring very specific exercises or encouragement in a specific sporting activity for your exercise prescription.

Exercise is known to bring positive outcomes in low back pain, as non specific low back pain needs lifestyle factors and muscle imbalances corrected. These things take time on progressive program of appropriate exercise. Getting the body functioning as one unit and reducing back pain is the priority.

Sessions can take place almost anywhere. Any queries? Then why not get in touch and see how I can help you with your low back pain. Let's take a positive step in getting your fitness on track.

Low back pain exercise specialist Graham Kavanagh

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