Rest or Active Exercise?

Back Pain Treatment – Rest or Exercise?

The old fashioned treatment for back pain was prolonged rest. But bed rest for more than a day or two is not good, because:

–       Your bones get weaker

–       Your muscles get weaker

–       You get stiff

–       You lose physical fitness

–       You get depressed

–       The pain feels worse

–       It is harder and harder to get going again.

No wonder it didn’t work! We no longer use bed rest to treat any other common condition. It is time to stop bed rest for backache. The message is clear: bed rest is bad for backs.

Of course, you might need to do a bit less when the pain is bad. You might be forced to have a day or two in bed at the start. But the important thing is to get moving again as soon as you can.

Your body is primarily made up of fluid and that fluid is designed to move throughout the body. Optimal flow in the body, generally means that your body will stay healthy.  An excellent way to get back into regular exercise is to walk for half hour on a daily basis.

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2 Responses to “Rest or Active Exercise?”

  1. medical coding jobs November 11, 2010 at 11:30 pm #

    Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!

  2. Josh December 18, 2010 at 2:50 am #

    I am always over exercising instead of getting my body right. I almost feel guilty visiting my st kilda osteopath as i never follow his instruction in the first place.

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