Is It Safe to Exercise When Suffering from Back Pain?

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Is it safe to exercise when you’re suffering from back pain? The short answer is yes, but it depends on what you define as “exercise.” The term “exercise” can mean different things to different people.

Some may only consider a vigorous workout such as CrossFit or a 10k run as exercise. Others might see exercise as a leisurely stroll while walking the dogs. So, it depends on how you interpret it. Obviously, if you’re suffering from back pain, it’s not a good idea to do a vigorous workout, but that doesn’t mean you need to stop exercising entirely.

When suffering from back pain, in most cases, the pain dictates how much you can exercise. A good rule of thumb is to exercise to a point where it’s not causing discomfort.

So, is it safe to exercise when suffering from back pain? Perhaps a better question is: Is it safe not to exercise when suffering from back pain? I would argue that it is unsafe not to exercise to some level. Exercising while in pain or injury is crucial to recovery. In the early stages of an injury, it might be a good idea to slow things down and allow the body some time to start healing. However, studies show that the quicker you start moving at comfortable levels, the quicker the recovery time.

When pain becomes more persistent and is a part of your daily life, not exercising and avoiding movement may seem like the best solution, but it actually has the opposite effect. Hearing terms like “bulging disks,” “arthritis,” or “disk degeneration” can make you afraid to exercise, so you don’t.

My advice is if you have these types of concerns about your back pain, consult with a professional who understands how pain works. Avoid Googling it.

Understanding how much you can move and exercise is the key. This knowledge can help eliminate the fear of movement. Reducing your fear and the anxiety associated with your pain can be liberating.

So, get yourself educated and get moving. 

If you find that back pain is an ongoing issue and you can’t seem to shake it off, or if you’re relying on pain medication, consider exploring our additional resources. I’ve included a link below to a guide titled “9 Effective Ways to Relieve Back Pain.” This free step-by-step guide can provide further assistance.

9 Effective Ways to Relieve Back Pain

Download the FREE Guide: 9 Effective Ways to Relieve Back Pain

If you having pain or injury problems in places other than your back then I have you covered here too. Here are some other links for some other reports I have written below.

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