Walking with back pain

Why Does Walking Help My Lower Back Pain?

Cheyne General Health

Most of us lead sedentary lifestyles these days. There has been a lot in the news about how recent studies show that long periods of sitting has been shown to be detrimental to health. Our bodies were designed to walk – it is what we are good at! The modern lifestyle has helped contribute to a lot of back pain that up to 80% of the population suffer from at some stage of their lives.

Many chiropractors recommend their patients walk to help prevent and rehabilitate lower back pain, and to maintain good health. So why is walking good for you?

Walking for 30-40 minutes most days of the week can help you to maintain your day-to-day functional capabilities

Function

Walking is one of the things that makes Humans different to other animals. We are meant to do lots of it. Chronic low back pain interferes with your ability to complete a lot of daily activities, for example, bending over, reaching for things, driving, sometimes even sitting.

Walking for 30-40 minutes most days of the week can help you to maintain your day-to-day functional capabilities. It is especially helpful for Sacro-iliac joint weight-bearing lesions and people suffering from this often report feeling better when they are moving about.

There are also aerobic benefits from walking that can encourage muscles to stay limber and encourages blood flow through the body. This can help people with chronic low back pain to live a better quality of life.

Endorphin Production

Endorphins are hormones that are produced by the body to inhibit pain. Exercising, including walking, causes endorphins to be released. This can help chronic back pain sufferers to feel better when these hormones are released. As a bonus, endorphins make you feel in better mood!

Increase Slowly

Sometimes when you have lower back pain, 30-40 minutes might be too difficult. If so, start with 5 minute strolls and gradually increase the length of the walk as you are able. Another choice could be to walk in a shallow pool so that the pool gives you buoyancy to build up your fitness.

Other low impact ways of exercising for people with chronic low back pain could be to ride a stationary bike or use an elliptical machine.

Start as soon as possible for best results, after checking with your chiropractor. Your body will thank you!

Cheyne

Author: Cheyne

Cheyne graduated from Sydney College of Chiropractic and Osteopathy in 1984. She also has postgraduate qualifications in paediatric chiropractic care. Before joining Clayfield Chiropractic Clinic in 1993, Cheyne enjoyed seven years in a Sydney based practice. Cheyne has 5 children and 3 grandchildren.