(specifically core strengthening) is the most effective way to prevent
and even treat your low back pain.
You see, the only proven treatment of many pain diseases is regular
exercise, an anti-inflammatory diet, and maintenance of your optimal
weight. Chronic pain is a much different animal than the acute pain
of a broken arm. Your arm pain will ease as the fracture heals.
But chronic pain is a disease of your nervous system pain pathways
and the best doctors can do is to control your symptoms like we
control your blood pressure or diabetes. Medicine has no cures yet,
just band aids. But your lifestyle choices will make a significant
impact on whether you control your pain or your pain controls you.
Like the other diseases
in GET MOVING, your exercise and lifestyle choices will
do more to combat your disease than any pill or injection your doctor
offers. In fact the reason we give pain pills and do pain injections
is to control your pain enough that you can get moving and get strong.
Up to 80% of chronic pain is believed to result from weak deconditioned
muscles. That is where a good exercise program supervised by a physical
therapist is key.
to view my favorite core strengthening exercises.
I use these to keep
my back pain under control and hope they help you too. Remember
to use pain as your guide. You donít want to feel significant pain
with any of these exercises. I recommend using a good physical therapist
to get you started. Itís important to have a trained set of eyes
on you, to make sure you are doing the exercises safely with proper
form. A trainer does not have the expertise you need to be safe.