Has anyone ever told you that the best way to help a backache is to rest? Well, it really depends on the type of backache, so for all intensive purposes, we are going to say that it’s not sciatica or a bulging disc sort of backache. We’re talking about your every day, run of the mill tension in your lower back. Let me get back to the point…
The myth vs fact we’re talking about is, the best way to cure a backache is to rest…well I’m here to tell you that that’s a myth! So many of us suffer with back tension and it’s prevalent in society today because of all of the time that we spend sitting at desks, driving to work and watching t.v. But by briskly walking for just 20 minutes, it’s just as effective in soothing lower back pain as participating in WEEKS of physical therapy! This was proven by a study done at a Tel Aviv university.
It works because walking exercises your stomach muscles in the same way that a physical therapist would prescribe muscle strength training exercises for your core. Sitting puts as 2 times as much pressure on your spine as standing and pressure compresses and irritates the nerves. Set a timer to go off every hour to remind you to stand up and walk around.
The next time you’re bothered by lower back pain, stand up and get walking! Here’s to your spinal health and wellness!