With back pain affecting so many people, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) have produced a series of evidence based, myth busters to tackle the common myths surrounding back pain.
The CSP are busting myths about back pain and reinforcing what the latest evidence says is best for your back.
Myth 2 – I should avoid exercise, especially weight training
Exercise is generally accepted amongst all respected authorities to be the best modality for treating low back pain, in both the acute and chronic phases.
Studies have shown great benefits and long-term safety of various types of exercises, including high load resistance training.
Interestingly, according to research, no one type of exercise proves to be better or worse, so simply do what you enjoy and can tolerate! Gradually build up as your confidence and ability improves.
If you’re not feeling confident about exercising with or when you’re recovering from or had back pain, we provide additional support through services like our Exercise Based Rehab, where you work on a specific exercise programme designed for your individual needs and goals. We also have the option of our Physio led Clinical Pilates classes, which are an excellent way of both recovering from or preventing back pain.
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