Are You Suffering From BACK PAIN? Here’s The Best Remedy Instead Of Reaching For a Paracetamol

Being highly active reduces the risk of chronic lower back pain by 16 per cent, new research reveals.

Regular moderate activity lowers the risk by 14 percent, a study review found.

Yet, exercise has no impact on short-term back pain or that which causes hospitalisation or disability, the research adds.

Dr Joel Press, physiatrist-in-chief at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, who was not involved in the study, said: ‘We were meant to move. We were not meant to be stagnant in any way.

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‘Generally lower impact, walking type things are probably the starting point. Swimming is another low impact activity that puts less load on your back’.

  • Key findings 

Results revealed that being highly active reduces the risk of chronic lower back pain by 16 per cent compared to those who do not regularly exercise.

Moderate activity reduces the risk by 14 per cent.

Yet, exercise does not have an impact on short-term back pain or that which causes hospitalisation or disability.

The findings were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

  • What the experts say 

Dr Press said: ‘We were meant to move. We were not meant to be stagnant in any way, so I think this study does confirm that.

‘Generally lower impact, walking type things are probably the starting point.

‘Swimming is another low impact activity that puts less load on your back.

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‘If somebody does an exercise and they’re a little sore right afterward, but by later that day they feel fine, and the next day they’re no worse, they feel fine, that’s a green light – go ahead, you’re doing okay.’

Dr Press advises back pain sufferers avoid sports that involve a lot of twisting and turning, such as golf and tennis.

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