Back pain: One of the worst things you can do to treat the agonising condition

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Back pain can be caused by an injury, such as a sprain, or regular heavy manual work.

“Pain in the lower back is particularly common,” said the NHS online, “although it can be felt anywhere along the spine - from the neck down to the hips.”

Treatment for the pain involves stretching to help strengthen muscles in affected areas.

However, some ways of doing these exercises may not help reduce back pain.

Paul Starkey, Managing Director at Neo G, a business marketing devices to help support joints, said you should vary your stretches and exercises when treating back pain.

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 “When you find a type of exercise you enjoy, it can be tempting to neglect other types of movement in favour of your favourite activity,” he said. However, by doing the same activities each time you exercise you’ll always engage the same muscles, which can put increased pressure on your joints over time. Prevent problems in later life by mixing things up. Whether you’re a keen runner or a cycling fanatic, intersperse your favourite exercise with cross training sessions.”

Paul suggested mixing up your exercise routine to avoid this problem.

“Weight training can help strengthen muscles around the joints and has even been shown to reduce pain in people with arthritis,” he added.

“Whereas low impact activities such as swimming and hiking can help to keep joints mobile and increase strength.”

The NHS recommended several exercises you can do to reduce pain.

Bottom to heels stretches, knee rolls and back extensions can all help reduce back pain.

They should help back pain to calm within two weeks of you starting the exercises, said the national healthcare provider, and will usually help the back pain pass completely within four to six weeks.

“The best way to deal with back pain is to stay active and continue doing regular exercise,” added the NHS.

The advice given 20 years ago was to rest, but research has shown that inactivity only makes things worse. Staying active means continuing with regular day-to-day activities to avoid becoming sedentary.

Yoga could be one of the best exercises to help prevent the condition, according to Arthritis Research UK.

“Often people stop exercising once their back pain has cleared up, but it's best to keep up with the exercise to maintain strength and fitness as this will help to reduce the chances of your back pain returning,” they added.


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