You might not think it, but weight lifting and spine strengthening exercises can help reduce back pain. Remember the point of this type of weight lifting is not to build up the muscles like a bodybuilder but is to develop:
The muscles in the back keep the spine moving and functioning properly. When the spine or abdominal muscles are weak this creates a higher probability of a back strain or injury. Having strong, healthy spine muscles are important because they function in maintaining correct posture, which in some cases, causes chronic back pain because of poor posture.
If only one part of the body is strengthened like the back is not enough. Therefore strengthening the rest of the body is a must. These include the body’s core and leg muscles. Total body strength will reduce back pain and can help perform regular activities, like lifting heavy objects much easier, with more confidence and with a lesser probability of injury.
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A personal trainer or sports chiropractor can help start a spine strengthening regimen. They will teach:
Weight lifting exercises.
A physical therapist can also develop a custom weight lifting/strength exercise program for optimal spine health and for reducing pain.
Most workout regimens incorporate a combination of weight lifting with actual weights/exercise machines and strengthening exercises/calisthenics with the body’s weight as the resistance for maintaining a healthy strong spine.
Here are a few weight lifting and back strengthening exercises that can help decrease and prevent back pain.
Talk to a doctor or chiropractor before beginning any exercise program. Remember to listen to your body and stop right away if there is something off.
Push-ups help strengthen the:
Your own body weight is the resistance.
To do this:
Chest flies are excellent for building muscle in the:
Dumbbells or a weight machine can be used for this exercise. To do this:
Lateral raises help strengthen the entire back. All that is needed is a set of dumbbells. To do this move:
These exercises should be performed slowly with a gradual build-up to more complex movements and adding more weight. Remember to breathe naturally. If you hold your breath during exercise, it can cause tension in the muscles, which can worsen any pain or create new injuries. Before adding weight or new spine strengthening exercises, talk to a doctor about exercising with back pain. They will let you know if there are certain movements or positions that should be avoided.
Weight lifting exercises done incorrectly can lead to more back pain and added injuries. If there is any pain while doing these exercises, stop and call a doctor, chiropractor or physical therapist right away.
As El Paso’s Chiropractic Rehabilitation Clinic & Integrated Medicine Center, we passionately are focused on treating patients after frustrating injuries and chronic pain syndromes. We focus on improving your ability through flexibility, mobility and agility programs tailored for all age groups and disabilities.
It can be tempting to not exercise with a spinal condition. But remember that if there is no movement at all, you could make the pain worse. Knowing what your body can handle and sticking to a workable schedule, these healthy steps will relieve you and help with back pain.
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