Is It Safe To Exercise With A Bad Back?

Let’s talk about exercise and back pain…

Last week I was asked a question, and it’s one that I get asked often:

“Is it ok to exercise when my back is hurting? I’ve just got into a good routine sticking to the gym and working out three times a week, and I really don’t want to stop…”

I get the frustration, and I also know that the thought of doing any movement at all when you’re going through some kind of pain might feel a little scary…

You don’t want to run the risk of aggravating it any more in case it turns into something more serious.

You don’t want to go ‘too hard’ in the gym in case you pull another muscle.

And you don’t want to wake up one day to find that you can no longer roll out of bed easily, walk down the road, or even drive because what you did made it worse.

But don’t let that worry you too much – that’s rarely ever the case!

An aching lower back doesn’t mean you’ve got to be housebound, with heat and ice packs until it magically disappears.

You CAN keep moving! In fact, not moving at all can make your back pain worse! Here’s why…

If you suffer from lower back pain that comes and goes, gentle walking with exercises designed to improve lower back strength, flexibility, and muscular balance will make a big difference. Walking is a completely natural movement that keeps your joints mobile and muscles working and plays an important role in keeping the muscles in your back strong and upright.

Stretching combined with walking will improve your back’s strength, flexibility, and posture, which in turn, can help stop back pain from creeping up on you when you least expect it. What’s more, it can also reduce how painful it feels and how much it gets in the way of day to day life.

So here’s the important question to answer now that you know it 100% is ok to exercise even if you’ve got a bad back…

What exercise can you actually be doing? Because of course, too much exercise, or exercise that’s strenuous could make it worse or keep it hanging around longer.

To find out which exercises and manual therapy treatments would be the most effective for your specific case…

Call 512-763-9330 to schedule a FREE 20 minute initial consultation with a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Better Way Physical Therapy.

Even if you have not reached your goals with traditional treatments and you start to believe that nothing can cure your back pain, you can ditch that false belief because many people with chronic back pain (with or without sciatica) just like you have gone to Better Way Physical Therapy and experienced improvements in quality of life which exceeded their expectations.

Let me tell you why –

Every patient visit at Better Way Physical Therapy is provided by a Doctor of Physical Therapy. (Many providers of Physical Therapy Treatment do not have a Doctorate degree.) More advanced evaluation techniques are able to perceive root causes of pain that had been previously overlooked. Peter McGrath, PT, DPT is trained based on the latest research to evaluate and heal back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain in the shortest amount of visits by providing the most effective treatments specific to each patient’s individual needs.

Another way that Better Way Physical Therapy is different is that the vast majority of clinics do not provide patients with 1 hour sessions always with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Furthermore, at Better Way Physical Therapy we respect you and your time is valuable to us, that is why your Doctor of Physical Therapy will give you their undivided attention (and NOT waste your time watching a health care provider type into a computer).

Manual Therapy treatment services provided by Better Way Physical Therapy relax the body and reduce any tension in stress-carrying muscles, such as your back. For people with lower back pain, stretching is important. Stretching the muscles in your legs actually help to increase range of movement in your hips, taking the stress off your lower back – which in addition increases blood flow, allows nutrients to flow in, and helps to reduce the stress placed on the muscles in your back. It’s also once of the best forms of exercise to maintain and improve a healthy posture. Stretching is great for your back, and add to that it feels great when you can walk around confident and tall. Better Way Physical Therapy will help you regain the strength in your back, so you can return to doing the activities you love the most.

If you want to learn more about back pain, here’s a FREE special report on back pain:

Click here- FREE Back Pain Report


To schedule an appointment,


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Read Better Way Physical Therapy’s Posts about Back Pain, Neck Pain, and Shoulder Pain- click HERE

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