Can Swimming Relieve Pain Back?
Going through back pain is one of the toughest types of pain to endure. Sometimes all you want to do is lay on the couch since you feel more pain as you move around. While this is completely understandable, any pain management physician will tell you it’s one of the worst things you can do to help your pain. You have to do some exercising, even if it means doing short lower back exercises or brief walks throughout the day. One effective method of exercising many people try is swimming. Exercising in the water is less strenuous on the spine and surrounding muscles due to the water’s buoyancy. Here’s what you need to know about swimming and back pain relief.
Swimming Motions Can Strengthen Muscles
Since the majority of your body is buoyant, it’s supported more by the water. The result is much less pressure on your joints so you can work harder without feeling as much discomfort. You may not realize it as you’re in the water, but you use different muscles while swimming than you normally do exercising on land. Add in the resistance factor with the water and your body gets a great workout to strengthen your muscles and improve your spine health.
Types of Swimming Exercises To Consider
Standard swimming strokes around the pool will give you a good workout. Just be sure you’re using proper swimming techniques to avoid injuring yourself. But if you don’t like swimming or don’t know how to swim, there are still plenty of exercises you can do in the water. Simply walking laps around the shallow end of the swimming pool can be more effective than walking normally since there’s more resistance. Add in some arm movements underwater and you’ll take your workout up another notch. You can also get ideas with water aerobics as you become more comfortable in the water to strengthen your back muscles even more.
Start Slowly and Increase Intensity Gradually
Your pain management physician will likely recommend swimming to help relieve back pain, but they will also suggest starting slowly. You may feel like you can push yourself harder since you aren’t in as much pain, but it’s better to pace yourself over several days and see how your body responds. Do some lower back exercises on land afterward to see if your pain has lessened as well. If you notice it has, then it’s a good sign the swimming exercises are working and you can increase the intensity accordingly.
DBC Active Spine Care® is a firm believer of reducing or eliminating back pain and improving spine health in the most natural ways possible. This involves strengthening and adding endurance to restore function to the stabilizing structures of the spine. Our program has had a 90% success rate in more than 150,000 patients and we look forward to working with you. Be sure to contact us to learn more about our program and how to get started on the right track to back pain relief.