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How can exercise and physical therapy treat inflammatory back pain ?

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Strengthening both your abdominal and back muscles helps stabilize your spine. Pilates exercises build these core muscles. You can help prevent further back injury by learning -- and doing -- gentle stretching exercises and the right way to lift things.

Exercising in the water is especially safe for a sore back. The water supports some of your weight, which can make you more comfortable, and it offers gentle resistance, which builds your strength. Aquatic therapy can make you more flexible and lessen pain for chronic low back problems.

Yoga may help your flexibility, strength, and sense of balance. It's good for stress relief, which will also help you deal with the pain.

Physical therapy uses a tailored exercise program along with a variety of techniques that could include:

  • Massage
  • Heat
  • Ultrasound
  • Whirlpool baths

SOURCES:

Oh, W.; Shim J. January/February 2004. The Clinical Journal of Pain

Friedman, F. , Lyons Press, 2004. Outwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop

News release, FDA.

American College of Physicians.

UpToDate.

American Academy of Neurology.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Oh, W.; Shim J. January/February 2004. The Clinical Journal of Pain

Friedman, F. , Lyons Press, 2004. Outwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop

News release, FDA.

American College of Physicians.

UpToDate.

American Academy of Neurology.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 13, 2017

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