To Move or Not To Move … That Is The Back Pain Relief Question
Posted Apr 05 2010 2:09pm
When you have an injury or any ache or pain, one of the common back pain relief questions is…
Should I move or not move? Is bed rest best?
Well although you may think resting is ideal, in fact numerous studies have shown that you are best to keep moving. There are a few rules though.
Only move at a rate your pain levels allow. If you have broken something of course you wouldn’t go for a gentle walk or jog. If pain prevents you from moving then rest, but try to keep movement in the area as much as possible.
But for the majority of people who have back or neck aches then movement is best.
You also want to make sure the movement is symmetrical, which means activities that use both your arms and legs equally. Walking, light jogging, swimming are ideal.
Avoid activities that load up one area of your body such as playing tennis, squash etc.
You can even go to the gym if you prefer, but make sure your workout is lighter than usual and make sure you exercise your arms and legs. But the best advice is still …
Go for a walk!
So why is movement best for back pain relief?
By keeping the area moving you are helping the area heal faster. The blood supply to the area improves, you keep the joint moving so the fluid around the joint doesn’t become ’sticky’, muscles get to contract and relax and hence the tightness is reduced.
Gone are the days where you were told to bed rest for a week or more. It may have felt okay while you lay there, but afterwards the muscles, joints and surrounding areas tightened up so much that the process of healing was a lot slower.
As I said before walking is still the best activity.
Try to walk as much as possible, a half hour is great. When you walk every joint in your body moves. They have a gentle rhythmic motion that helps to keep movement in the injured site. Muscles get good blood supply and they gently contract and relax.
You can aid the back pain relief process by moving. It will help pain ease, however even if you find pain eases quickly, you shouldn’t stop there.
Assessing the imbalances in your spine is still a vital process. Most aches and pain occurs from the so called normal daily activity.
Muscles tighten, joints slow in motion and pain develops more commonly from normal activities than it does from falls or major injuries.
If you can assess the imbalances in your spine, then you can see changes before pain occurs. Keeping moving will help your spine stay imbalance, being able to detect these imbalances before they cause pain is therefore the ideal tool.