Is back pain killing you? Here are some activities that will save your life!
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How can sports help you fight against back pain?Updated on January 16, 2021, Seytoo
In the event of back pain, sport has a beneficial effect for a few essential reasons: it strengthens the back muscles, thus offering better protection to the spine, it allows for better coordination of the movements of the spine thus reducing the risk of accident or incident, it reduces possible overweight, and therefore the stresses exerted on the spine.
Swimming, the sport to favor in case of back pain
Swimming is the most beneficial sport for those with back pain. Indeed, as the body undergoes Archimedes' push, the vertebrae are released from several constraints. The mastery of the technique of swimming is important because a badly performed breaststroke, for example, is more likely to hurt the back than to relieve it. Doctors rather recommend the backstroke and advise against the butterfly. Aqua aerobics and physiotherapy in a hot water pool are also recommended because of the beneficial effects of hot water on the whole body in general and on the joints in particular.
Other sports recommended for back pain
Walking is a beneficial sport for everyone and not just for those with back pain. It is suitable for all ages as long as you wear shoes well suited to your morphology. Jogging on the other hand is not recommended because of the shock wave that travels up the body and can damage the vertebrae. Cycling is another recommended sport, taking only the precaution of using equipment adapted to its morphology to ensure better comfort.
Sports to be practiced with caution
In some cases, fortunately very rare, back pain excludes any possibility of practicing a sporting activity. The last word goes to the doctor after having performed a medical examination supplemented by other examinations such as CT, MRI or a simple X-ray. Usually, disciplines that require violent movements are not recommended for back pain, to name only rowing, wrestling and judo. Likewise, sports that put a lot of strain on the spine, including trampoline, weight lifting, horseback riding, etc. Rugby and football, which require sudden changes of direction, are highly not recommended. Of course, extreme sports are contraindicated.