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How can getting active help your back pain?

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Being active is good for everyone, even if you have back pain. You’ll get stronger and feel better if you choose the right activities.

You may need other medical treatment for your back pain since exercise alone isn't enough for everyone. But building your strength, especially in the muscles that support your back, is still a good idea.

Start by asking your doctor which activities will be right for you. If you work with a trainer or take a class, let your teacher or trainer know about your back pain. And make sure they understand any limits you have on what you can do.

From: Get Active to Help Your Back Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Council on Exercise: "What is the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method?"

Arthritis Foundation: Arthritis Today: "Tai Chi Shown to Ease Back Pain."

Balanced Body: "Pilates Origins."

Steven P. Cohen, MD, professor, department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore; director of pain research, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington DC.

Lim, E.  , 2011. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy

Little, P.  , 2008. BMJ

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "For Low-Back Pain, Yoga More Effective Than Self Care But Not Stretching."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Iyengar Yoga for Chronic Low-Back Pain Shows Promising Results."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Low Back Pain Fact Sheet."

Sherman, K.   2011. Archives of Internal Medicine,

Lynn R. Webster MD, president-elect, American Academy of Pain Medicine; medical director, Lifetree Clinical Research, Salt Lake City.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 18, 2018

SOURCES:

American Council on Exercise: "What is the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method?"

Arthritis Foundation: Arthritis Today: "Tai Chi Shown to Ease Back Pain."

Balanced Body: "Pilates Origins."

Steven P. Cohen, MD, professor, department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore; director of pain research, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington DC.

Lim, E.  , 2011. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy

Little, P.  , 2008. BMJ

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "For Low-Back Pain, Yoga More Effective Than Self Care But Not Stretching."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Iyengar Yoga for Chronic Low-Back Pain Shows Promising Results."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Low Back Pain Fact Sheet."

Sherman, K.   2011. Archives of Internal Medicine,

Lynn R. Webster MD, president-elect, American Academy of Pain Medicine; medical director, Lifetree Clinical Research, Salt Lake City.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 18, 2018

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