Lifewatch: Lower back pain

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Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Exercise is crucial to maintaining good health and strong bones, but if you suffer from a bad back you may be turned off by working out.

Weak muscles are often at the root of back pain.  They are the spine's main defense against gravity, so strengthening the muscles that support the spine with exercise can prevent, reduce, and even eliminate back pain.

"Most people think if they're having back pain they should do nothing but lay in bed, actually studies have shown that's actually the worst thing you can do," said Dr. Ashly Smith from Sito Chiropractic.  "Having the mild pain that's associated with osteoarthritis or anything like that, you can usually work through that pain."

According to personal trainer Lemaine Williams, creating movement and flexibility in the back will help a lot with back pain.  There are several exercises you can do, even in the comfort of your own home.

To avoid overuse injuries, be sure to increase the duration of back exercises gradually.  It may take a couple of months, but if you stick with it you will see results and feel better.

It is important to check with your physician before beginning any exercise regimen.

To learn how to make an appointment with Dr. Ashly, click here.  If you would like to make an appointment with Lamaine Williams call, (910) 297-3488.

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