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Can I Exercise With Low Back Pain?

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Back pain is one of the most common complaints of pain during the lifespan for humans. Research shows that as many as 80% of all humans will experience some sort of back pain during their lives. Don’t be a statistic! 

Our spine is made up of 4 regions:

  1. Cervical

  2. Thoracic

  3. Lumbar

  4. Pelvic region

why is there so much back pain?

The lumbar or low back is where the largest percentage of people suffer from pain followed by the cervical or neck region. Due to the way we live in 2019, our backs are even more susceptible to pain and breakdown. We are sitting at alarming rates, and many people aren’t getting the prescribed amount of exercise/movement a day that they should. Combine this with the postures we assume while we are sitting and this is a receipt for disaster over a long period of time! 

back pain treatment

Many times weakness and poor core endurance precede low back pain. These are key areas for treatment that we focus on initially when working with our low back pain patients! If our core isn’t strong enough to support our back then we will be set up for failure. Check out our blog post on the core here!

can i exercise with back pain?

One question we get asked on a regular basis from our clients  is, “Can I exercise with back pain?" The answer is, it depends!

If on a scale of 1-10, your pain is at a 10, exercising is not going to be advised at that time. Rather, we advise more pain management activities such as icing and gentle movement (i.e. walking). If your pain ranges from 4-7 out of 10, then exercise and movement is indicated and will help you feel better!

Check out these go-to exercises if you have mild to moderate low back pain that should help you feel better.


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