When Your Back Aches--Work It Out!

Relieve back pain with safe exercise.
Lower back pain can make you want to lie on the floor and do nothing.  But getting up and getting some exercise may be the best thing for it. According to a recent study by University of Alberta featured on Medical News Today, men and women with chronic lower-back pain who exercised four days a week had a better quality of life, 28% less pain and 36% less disability than people who workout out only 2-3 days per week. “While it could be assumed that someone with back pain should not be exercising frequently, our findings show that working with weights four days a week provides the greatest amount of pain relief and quality of life," said Robert Kell, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of exercise physiology at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus. Professor Kell presented his findings at the American College of Sports Medicine conference in Seattle, Washington in May 2009.  He found that about 80% of North Americans will suffer from lower back pain at some point. In the study, four groups made up of 60 men and women with chronically sore lower backs each exercised with weights in two, three or four-day weekly programs, or not at all. After 16 weeks,  the group that exercised four days per week said their pain decreased by 28%, as the group that exercised three days per week reported an 18% reduction in pain, and the group that worked out two days per week had a 14% improvement. Chronic back pain sufferers should always check with a doctor before beginning a fitness program.  Here are some good exercises from BigBackPain.com to help strengthen your core muscles. At KT Tape we want to be healthy, safe and continue to be active. We do see a lot of back pain sufferers turning to KT Tape when back pain flairs up, as it is a great solution to tape the injury rather than taking pain medication.  This allows you to keep exercising safely to ensure strength and mobility sooner.