Article By Dr. Braxton Nguyen D.C
Studies on the architecture of the back have shown that the back is specifically designed for the rigors of walking. However, changes in how we, as humans, live mean that walking is not something that is done very often at all. Our lives have changed so dramatically that most things are available at the click of a mouse or a few key pressed on a keyboard. The majority of people in the world now work behind a desk where our bodies are not in good positions for our health. Sitting for long periods of time adds pressure to our disks in our back and the inactivity or lack of exercise eats away at the strength of our spinal and leg muscles.
Even those who do not sit often are still working in jobs that require repetitive motions and lifting things over and over. A corollary exists where the greater the load we lift the more we are risking spinal degeneration. Either one of these job types can cause lower back pain. Lower back pain is now widespread across our communities. It is easy to find a study that says we will all have lower back pain in our lives. In fact, some studies say that 90% of all people will experience lower back pain at some point.
A study was done with children in Norway and that study found that 57% of those children had experienced lower back pain. We think of children as pliable, young, fit humans, however, the studies are showing that we are making them the exact opposite. Pain can start young, and if it does start young then it tends to follow that person into their adult life.
The lower back pain seems to be related to activity levels. Activity levels seem to inhibit the ability of lower back pain to be a problem, therefore, the more physically active an adult or child is, then the less chance of having lower back pain they will have during their lifetime. A good exercise, which most people would skip over because of its simplicity, is walking.
A study of adults showed that low to moderate exercise can be extremely helpful and beneficial when compared with those people who did not engage in any exercise at all including simple exercises such as low-intensity walking. The exercising group had a variety of advantages over their non-exercising counterparts. The exercising group felt better, needed less physical therapy, and less pain medication. They worked more and they needed less work disability.
Walking also seems to carry its health effects into older ages. People who exercise also have fewer problems or lower body disabilities.
Doctors once thought that telling someone to rest in a bed for two weeks was the best treatment available for someone who is experiencing the problems associated with lower back pain. However, we now know that this practice could actually make your pain worse rather than better.
It does not matter if a person has back pain or does not have pain. It is important to stay healthy and moving in order to protect your back even if all the moving or exercising you do is walking at a low intensity. You do not need to spend a lot of money on a gym membership. You just need to go out there and take regular walks daily. Walking is a great exercise and it can help you protect your back and keep it in shape.
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