Walking to Relieve Back Pain
Did you know that one of the best things that you can do to relieve back pain is to walk? Daily walks can have a positive impact on the inflammatory response of our bodies to pain by decreasing inflammation and swelling if done in moderation.
It was once thought that being immobile and resting your back was the best way to relieve back pain. However, studies have demonstrated that immobility can increase the intensity of back pain problems leading to a loss of up to three percent of muscle function in just one day.
Walking has been reported to relieve back pain in as little as seven days. Walking promotes the movement of fluid away from our muscles, improves blood flow and increases oxygen to the affected region (typically the lower back, buttocks and leg muscles) and has the capacity to relieve stiffness, pain and thanks to the increase of endorphins, it can boost our mood and relieve depression. Walking builds endurance, promotes healing and allows for low impact to the joints in the body.
Frequency of Walking to Relieve Back Pain
To reap the full benefits of walking for lower back pain relief, one should aim to walk three times per week for 30 minutes. If you haven’t exercised in some time or perhaps need to build your endurance up first, aim for 10-minute walks three times per day. The pace of the walk should begin slow to warm up the muscles in your body then slowly build to a brisk pace over time.
Of course before beginning any kind of a workout regimen, be sure to consult your physician. If after beginning walking, you experience numbness in your feet or legs, you should follow-up with your doctor.
For those who suffer from back pain that is related to prolonged sitting, a treadmill desk may be another flexible option to decrease the amount of time spent sitting while at work and a simple way to incorporate walking into your daily routine. Some desk-based workers and/or employers of office-based staff have invested in treadmill desks so that periodically during the day, workers are able to work while walking to prevent and/or relieve lower back pain.
The typical speed recommended in using a treadmill desk is between 1 and 1.5 mph. By walking at this rate, there is a decreased risk for quickly becoming out of breath or sweating. It is not intended to be a work out but simply an activity to get you moving.
Treadmill desks are not cheap. Some can cost as little as $1000 and upwards of $4500, therefore one may need to find a creative solution in converting an existing treadmill into a treadmill desk.
Walking has a lot of benefits to offer for those who suffer from lower back pain. Looking to get started? Where might you begin your walking regimen? Consider starting right in your neighborhood, the local park or go to your local mall. For those willing to spend a few bucks, you could invest in a treadmill for your home or consider joining a gym.
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