Years ago, when my sister was having alot of back trouble, her Dr. advised her to WALK, which is the best exercise for the back. Today, she still walks every single day come rain , shine, or snow.....AND , she is now is 72....
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I've had problems with my back, 2 herniated disks and my tailbone has very little cartilage left between the last 2 disks, since I was a teenager. (40 years) I firmly believe that if I didn't run/walk 5 days a week, that I would be in a wheelchair. Even when my back "goes out" and I can't stand up straight, I get on the treadmill, put the speed at 1 and walk hunched over the handrails. By the end of my walk, I'm standing a little straighter and in a little less pain. Listen to your body and don't be afraid to have some discomfort.
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SHUSHU, did you just hurt your back or have you always had a bad back? I've had back problems since I was in high school due to a trampoline injury, so it makes a difference in telling you what is best. First of all, you need to get a doctor's opinion...BUT always get a second opinion. I ended up not being able to walk at all and sat all the time by listening to an orthopedic doctor. After going to a Chiropractor, in 6 weeks I was not only walking, but also exercising. Thank God I listened to a friend and went to a Chiropractor! I can also tell you that stretching is the key to keeping your back healthy.
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I've had the same experience as WalkingGrandma - that is, I have several problems with my back that can cause a ton of pain. My pain tells me to 'lie down' but walking is really the very best thing for my situation and moving around makes the pain go away while being sedentary actually makes it worse. My physical therapist also recommended doing 'core exercise' and said those could help my problems.
BUT - you should definitely get diagnosed first to find out what is causing your 'bad back' before doing anything - there could be many, many different things that could cause that and some might not even have anything to do with the BACK - I had a friend who always complained about his 'bad back' and eventually found out it was a serious kidney condition!
I will add one thing that may or may not apply to you - when people get overweight, their posture changes and the way they walk is altered - the heavier we get, the bigger these problems can become but the good news is that losing the weight will help restore 'normal' posture and way we walk, therefore reducing or eliminating the pain. If being overweight is the cause of your 'bad back,' walking may help indirectly by helping you lose the excess weight and directly by strengthening your back muscles - but again, I want to emphasize that it would be very foolish to try to diagnose YOUR back problems without an expert guiding you and each individuals need to find out FOR SURE what the best treatments might be for their specific situation.
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There are many back injuries, so without knowing exactly what is wrong, it would be wrong to advise you.
I have a "stiff back" that hurts when I overdo. I still walk and find that I feel better when I'm moving. My son had a car accident and has 9 ruptured disks. He is in constant pain and sitting is nearly impossible for him. He has learned that when his back hurts, he gets up and walks up and down the corridors for a while to improve his back and reduce the pain.
For many the back feels better with movement. I find that walking in place is not helpful but walking along the road, a track, or even in the hall is better for my back. I feel more flexibility and less discomfort. Sitting still or laying down really does increase my pain. I find walking to help almost everything about my health.
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