The “No Pain, No Gain” philosophy toward exercise incites people to work out despite what their bodies are telling them. Yet pain is sometimes an indicator that rest is needed and that stressing your body further may lead to injury. There are times when it’s sensible to work out when you’re in pain and times when it’s not. The following will help your identify whether or not you should be exercising with back pain.
When To Work Out In Pain:
1. When Your Pain Is Caused By Weakness
Many people experience back pain because their core muscle group is weak. The core consists of muscles in the stomach, pelvis, buttocks and lower back. These muscles are meant to work together to support the upper body’s weight and stabilize the spine. A strong core is an important component of proper posture; weak core muscles won’t hold the spine in alignment or the upper body in a fully upright position.
If you suffer back pain caused by poor posture and/or a sedentary lifestyle, then exercise will be part of your treatment plan.
2. When You Have A Ligament or Tendon Injury
Ligament and tendon injuries take a long time to heal because they receive poor blood supply. This means that they fail to receive large amounts of healing materials like fibroblasts, cells that synthesize collagen to rebuild tissues. Exercise increases blood flow throughout the body and can help regenerate injured ligaments and tendons. However, exercise therapy should be conducted under the guidance of a physical therapist to avoid causing further injury to the ligament or tendon.
When Not To Work Out In Pain:
1. If You Are Sore From Your Last Workout
Back muscle soreness after intense physical activity is fairly normal and harmless. It occurs due to the tearing of muscles that is part of the strength-building process; muscle tears are healed within a couple of days by new growth, and the muscle becomes stronger for the wear. However, if exercise is continued before the tear has a chance to heal, more tearing will occur and, if the process is not interrupted with restorative rest, the muscle may become chronically strained and require much more time to heal.
2. If Working Out Worsens Your Pain
If you’re not sure what’s causing your pain and it gets worse when you exercise, it is best to take a day or two off. If the pain continues beyond that time, you should see a doctor and get referred to a physical therapist who can determine what kind of activity you need to avoid depending on the cause of your pain. If you have an a condition such as sciatica, spinal stenosis or sacroiliac joint dysfunction, exercise will be part of your treatment plan but certain movements will be off limits to you.
Exercise is an important part of nearly every back pain treatment plan, but there are times when you need to stop and rest. Knowing when to get moving and when to rest will help prevent chronic back pain. The methods posed by Lose The Back Pain will also help you asses what is wrong and allow you to fix it with simple exercises and stretches.