Low back pain is very common. It can become disabling: difficulty sitting at work, pain when leaning, pain during activities, or discomfort when waking up. It is common to see people with back pain put themselves to complete rest and cease their activities when this pain manifest itself. Yet this type of dangerous behavior slows down your recovery. Science tell us that the ideal situation would be to keep moving, but how?
When lumbar pain occurs, it is best to continue to be active, even if only slightly. You can choose walking or going for a bike ride for example. Why not enjoy a beautiful summer evenings walking to the ice cream shop in your neighborhood? Also, doing even light cardiovascular activity will help you manage your pain better. It’s important to understand that by choosing complete inactivity (bed rest for example) weakness those muscles whose role is to stabilize you back. Hobbies such as watching television or reading in a seated or reclining position are among the more dangerous choices for your back. Inactivity maintains problematic patterns of movements that cause your pain in the first place.