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Physical Activity Promotes Healing of Low Back Pain

Do you struggle with low back pain? Did you know there’s a simple way to get rid of the discomfort and bring you back to living a pain-free life? Just be active; that will help your back heal.

There are many types of low back pain, which are basically classified according to its cause. For instance, a soft-tissue injury in the back can be very painful, but it may go away on its own in three to six weeks. Where there is discomfort and not necessarily pain, this back strain will usually resolve in about a week.

Severe low back pain, however, will take longer to heal and may require medical help. The sensation may include tightness of the back muscles accompanied by sharp, stinging pain.

In instances where pain will stay for a long while, self-care is crucial to your comfort. You’ll need to apply heat and/or ice on the affected area of your back.

But to really make a big difference, it pays to stay active. In the past, medical professionals often advised patients to rest, but apparently this is no longer the case. Research studies have led to recent developments in treating low back pain. It appears that the more active you are, the faster the healing process will be. Also, you’ll feel better.

You might be wondering how active you should be. For people with lower tolerance to pain, walking or swimming may do the trick for alleviating back pain. On the other hand, for those who can deal with the pain more, jogging or running may be suitable.

If the severe pain still persists after four weeks, it is advisable that you see your doctor regarding your condition. A physical therapist can also help if you’re experiencing mobility or flexibility issues that involve your lower back.

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