According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke , about 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetime.
It’s the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days. Back pain can be quite severe in the acute phase, and when it becomes chronic it can alter the quality of your life and be quite resistant to therapy. A new study suggests that Pilates can improve disability, pain, flexibility and balance in patients who suffer with low back pain.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is one exercise approach that consists of low-impact movements that incorporate flexibility, muscular strength and balance. These exercises can be performed on a bed-like machine (reformer) which has a series of springs and pulleys attached to a moving carriage (in some cases you will be in a standing position and other times you will be lying on your back), or you can perform ...
Backache; Low back pain; Lumbar pain; Pain - back
Exercise is important for preventing future back pain. Through exercise you can:
Improve your posture
Strengthen your back and improve flexibility
A complete exercise program should include aerobic activity (like walking, swimming, or riding a stationary bicycle) as well as stretching and strength training.
To prevent back pain, it is also very important to learn to lift and bend properly. Follow these tips:
If an object is too heavy or awkward, get help.
Spread your feet apart to give a wide base of support.
Stand as close to the object you are lifting as possible.
Bend at your knees, not at your waist.
Tighten your stomach muscles as you lift the object up or lower it down.
Hold the object as close to your body as you can.
Lift using your leg muscles.
As you stand up with the ob...
Some low back patients with acute pain don't get better. They become chronic pain patients. This study shows how the fear of pain more than the pain itself actually predicts who will transition from acute to chronic low back pain (LBP). And fear that is linked with pain is also linked with restricted physical movement. In the end the acute LBP patient sees himself as more disabled than he really is based on pain-related fear. The authors came to these conclusions by studying 96 men and women with acute LBP. Each one lifted a 15- pound bag from the floor to a table. Then the bag was lifted off the table and set on the floor again. The number of times the bag was lifted and the total lifting time were recorded. The authors make note of the fact that the average adult would not have any trouble lifting 15 pounds repeatedly. But someone with back pain may feel threatened by the task. Before starting the lifting task each person filled out several forms. The surveys asked questions about age...
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