Do Regular Walks Help Back Pain?

Do Regular Walks Help Back Pain?

Posted on 14. Nov, 2011 by in Back Pain

Scientists long concluded the human body is made for walking. This was after lengthy studies of its design and upright posture. Despite this fact, many people rarely every walk. Gone are the hunter-gatherer days when a human being would trek long distances in search of food. These days, an average human being is seated most of time at an office desk, in the car or simply relaxing on the couch in front of a television.

The effect of prolonged sitting is muscle atrophy and weakness of the same muscles we need strong to stabilize our backs and pelvis. Our gluteal muscles and other postural stabilizer muscles waste away from lack of use when we sit on our “butts” all day. Walking is just what the back doctor ordered for this as it engages and gently activates these gluteal and postural muscles in a functional way creating better muscle balance for the pelvis and low back.

As we walk, this “firing” and engaging of the gluteal, pelvic, and hip muscles in a functional way actually helps to bring our pelvis and back into better alignment. A twisted, weak, or dysfunctional pelvis causing back pain can be alleviated with gentle walking and gluteal contractions.
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Studies of adolescents in Norway revealed that over 50% experienced back pain over the last year. This is in spite of the fact that most parents think their kids are immune to back problems by virtue of their young age. It would appear that back pain begins in adolescence and continues into adulthood.

It was also noted from research that back pain in inversely proportional to physical activity. The more time children spent in physical activity the less back pain they experienced while the more time they spent in front of a television the more likely they were to have back pain; walking was found to reduce back pain considerably.

In another study of adults who were regularly active through moderate exercise such as walking, major differences were seen between them and people who were inactive. The exercise group had better emotional status, used less pain reliever medication and had less need for physical therapy for back pain. They also had much less workplace disability.

The advantages of walking are seen even in old age. Older citizens who walk regularly have less incidence of lower body disability. Walking can help to lose the back pain because it’s what the human body is designed to do.

Not everyone in the world lives a sedentary lifestyle; there are others – blue collar workers – who engage in strenuous repetitive tasks. This category of people is at risk of muscle imbalances, trigger points, injury and spasms. Thus, both a sedentary lifestyle and strenuous work can lead to back pain. The fact of the matter is that 90% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives.

In the past, conventional medical wisdom said that a week’s bed rest was good enough to fix back pain. However, research continues to contradict this position. It would appear that the best way to end back pain and keep it away is first through Neuromuscular Therapy, trigger point therapy, posture alignment exercises and regular physical activity. Nothing beats walking as a form of exercise for back pain.

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2 Responses to “Do Regular Walks Help Back Pain?”

  1. Mamta

    13. Feb, 2012

    Hi, I’m a stay at home mom and sdneps much of my time in front of my computer. I realized that what you said is true about not sitting properly. I always have this back pain and been suffering from it since I started working from home. Maybe I should do the tips you have there. Thanks

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  2. Michael

    19. Nov, 2012

    Hi Mamta,
    Just noticed your comment. My best recommendation for back pain relief sitting is the back relief chair at my site http://getpainfree.tv/back-pain-relief-chair/.
    It’s fantastic!
    best,
    Michael

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