There are many precautions you can take against back pain, but the most important one is: Get moving!
Physical inactivity has infected many nations across the world, particularly in the west. An alarming study conducted by Statistics Canada revealed that a mere 7% of adults and 5% of children receive their recommended daily doses of exercise.
Toned muscles are imperative to back pain prevention. The spine is a thin column of bones and discs that bears a great responsibility in the human body. In order to be erect and support the upper body’s weight, the spine requires assistance. The muscles of the lower back, pelvis, hips and abdomen (collectively called the core group) are meant to perform this task.
Joseph Bernardini, an orthopedic surgeon, emphasizes the importance of a strong lower back in fighting back pain, specifically sciatica. This condition occurs when pressure is placed on the sciatic nerve in the lower back, often by a vertebra or disc that is not in its proper place. Strong back muscles will support the spine and move things back into place. This will relieve pressure off the nerve.
Bernardini also comments that a healthy weight and not smoking are important components of back health. Excess weight strains the back, while smoking blocks essential nutrients and oxygen from being diffused into spinal discs.
Resistance Training Benefits
Without activity, muscles wither. It turns out that strengthening exercises not only benefit your muscle tone, but your overall health as well. Resistance exercises,or those that involve muscles contracting against an external source of resistance (be it a free weight, resistance band or your own body weight), are best known for their production of toned, strong muscles.
A spokesman for the UK course “Cardi-Back,” designed to help people reduce their back pain through exercise, states that resistance training can also contribute to overall health by eliminating the risk of complications like cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Resistance training also contributes to the reduction of body fat. There is a strong link between the presence of abdominal fat and Type 2 diabetes. The study found at Care.DiabetesJournals.org shows resistance training to effectively decrease abdominal fat and increase insulin sensitivity.
“Bottom line is that we need to inspire and support our children by being good role models and leading active, healthy lifestyles,” says Kelly Murumets, president of Canada’s ParticipAction Calgary.CTV.Ca.