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Are you doing daily exercises for lower back pain and stretching regularly, but your back pain just refuses to go away?
Back pain is something that, unfortunately, many people live with on a daily basis.
It can range from mildly annoying to severe and disabling, caused by a wide number of muscle, bone, and nerve conditions, as well as injuries or malformations.
If you’re wondering what you can do to find a PERMANENT solution for your pain, you’ve come to the right place!
In this post, we’ll talk about how exercises for back pain can help, as well as what you can do when those exercises just aren’t enough.
We want you to have hope that there will be a better tomorrow free of back pain—it’s what you do about it that matters!
Will Exercises for Lower Back Pain Cure My Problem Permanently?
Exercise, stretching, and strengthening your lower back muscles can be an excellent cure for a wide range of back pains—specifically, most back pains caused by injuries to the muscles and joints around your spine.
When you strengthen the lower back muscles, they can more effectively support your spinal column and the weight you’re lifting/carrying. The more the spinal column is supported, the better it functions and the less prone you are to suffering lower back injuries.
The same is true for mobile, flexible joints. Often, back injuries are caused because of inflexibility or limited mobility in the joints. Your spine itself attempts to compensate, and the result is a slipped disc, hernia, or even fractured bones.
Exercises for lower back pain can strengthen the muscles to better support the spine, and increase the range of motion of your spinal joints so everything flexes, bends, and moves more easily.
Unfortunately, exercise alone may not be enough to cure your back pain—and certainly not all back pain.
You see, many types of back pain are caused by chronic conditions: spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative disc disease, to name a few. This can lead to chronic pain which just doesn’t go away, only diminishes between the intermittent “flare-ups”.
If you’ve been trying to cure your back pain through exercise and are finding that it’s just not working, you may want to consider visiting your doctor to see if there is something more serious behind the pain, some underlying condition that could be the real culprit. A diagnosis of a chronic condition or injury is the first step towards solving the problem of your back pain.
For those suffering from chronic conditions, surgery may be an option to help correct whatever is causing the pain. However, if surgery isn’t a solution, there are other non-surgical treatments that may be available to you, including:
Muscle relaxants and pain medications. Muscle relaxants help to increase the range of motion of your spinal joints, decrease activity of your nervous system (which is sending and receiving pain signals), and relieve pain caused by muscle spasms or tightness. For chronic conditions, however, you may need more serious pain medications, which can address the flare-ups of intense pain.
Back brace. A back brace can provide support for your lower back, helping to prevent injuries and reduce pain.
Epidural injections. If the pain gets really bad, your doctor may recommend an epidural steroidal injection. Essentially, this is an injection into the dural sac around your spinal cord, and it will help to reduce the pain-causing inflammation (particularly around compressed nerve roots).
Of course, these are going to be much more serious medical treatments for your lower back pain, but should only be undertaken upon the counsel of your doctor.
If you want to try to manage back pain yourself at home before going to see a doctor, you’ve got a few choices to consider.
Hot and cold treatment, for example, can be an excellent pain management remedy—useful for both acute and chronic pain. Applying heat and cold to the pain point in your lower back can halt inflammation, increase blood flow, and reduce pain signals sent to the brain. It can also encourage faster recovery following an acute injury or a flare-up of chronic pain.
NSAIDs – Over the counter painkillers like Advil, Tylenol, and aspirin are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, that can help you to manage your pain. They can decrease inflammation, numb the pain, and help you to move more easily. People suffering from chronic back pain may find them less effective, but they’re still an option worth considering.
Physical therapy, Yoga, and Pilates. Often, physically addressing the root cause of your lower back pain through targeted physical therapy is the best way to improve your spinal health. Yoga and Pilates are also highly effective—they combine mobility training and physical exercise that will strengthen your spinal muscles and increase range of motion.
What to Do When Exercises for Lower Back Pain Don’t Suffice: Try Back on Track!
If you’re dealing with chronic or persistent back pain, it can be incredibly limiting and cause immense discomfort. I know, because I was right where you are!
In fact, I was nearly paralyzed after a lifetime of physical activity (as a SWAT officer and member of the Canadian Armed Forces) because of a dangerous, hidden syndrome that is the real culprit behind so much back pain.
I’d love to share with you what I learned, in my Back on Track course. This course will show you what’s weakening your spine and making you more prone to back pain and injuries. The truth of this “sleeper syndrome” may shock and surprise you, but that’s exactly what I want.
I want to open your eyes to the truth and provide you with real, practical, actionable steps you can take to address the issue right here and now. If you don’t, you may well be at the mercy of back for the rest of your life. But if you do, it’ll make all those exercises for lower back pain so much more effective and deliver long-term pain management you can count on!
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