Aerobic Exercise for Back Pain Help

Conditioning through aerobic exercise is very useful for both rehabilitation and maintenance of the lower back. Patients who regularly undertake aerobic exercise to condition the back will benefit in several ways:
 
They have fewer episodes of low back pain, and will experience less pain when an episode occurs.
They are also more likely to stay functional (e.g. continue working and carry on with recreational activities), whereas those patients with chronic low back pain who do not engage in aerobic exercise are more likely to experience the gradual loss of functional capabilities.
It is easier to control weight or lose weight, decreasing the stress placed on the spine structures and joints.
An increased production of endorphins after 30 or 40 minutes of exercise can combat pain. These bio-chemicals are the body’s natural painkiller, and frequent release of them can help patients reduce their reliance on pain medication.
Endorphins can elevate mood and relieve symptoms of depression, a condition common in those with back pain or a back injury.

Whatever low-impact exercise is used, the exercise should be vigorous enough to increase the heart rate to the target zone (which is scaled to the age of the patient) and keep it elevated. Elevating the heart rate for at least 20 minutes is required to improve cardiovascular strength, burn excess calories, and make noticeable strides in fitness.

This is a nice synopsis of the benfits of aerobic exercise for back pain by Peter F. Ullrich, Jr., MD

 

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