Study shows walking is an effective way to alleviate lower-back pain
A new study, published in the journal Clinical Rehabilitation, has found that walking is as effective in alleviating lower-back pain as muscle strengthening programs which often require specialised equipment, supervision by a specialist and which can be costly.
The study, undertaken by Dr Michal Katz-Leurer and Illana Shnayderman, included 52 patients with lower-back pain. The patients completed questionnaires which assessed their muscle and walking endurance, pain levels, feelings of disability and avoidance of daily activities. Half the participants then completed a clinic-based muscle strengthening program for six weeks, while the other half competed a six-week aerobic walking program.
Both groups completed two-to-three exercise sessions per week. Those who walked started with 20 minutes of exercise and increased to 40 minutes as their endurance improved.
At the end of the six weeks the results showed that both groups had improved significantly in all areas of assessment, suggesting that undertaking a walking program is as effective as clinical exercises. It also allows patients to take control of their own back health management and is a much more cost-effective option.
Dr Katz-Leurer noted that walking, a low-impact activity, lowers blood pressure, boosts brain function, improves immune system function and reduces stress.
To find out more read the article Walking away from back pain at the ScienceDaily website.
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