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Back Pain and Running
Posted 3 years ago
Simple Coincidences and Exercises to ease Back pain
We seem to get these strange coincidences at times in treating with Physiotherapy.
All of a sudden and out of the blue we end up seeing a run of patients who complain of similar problems.
It might be a run of 2 or 3 people complaining of Achilles pain or it might be that they all complain of Knee pain.
In the last few weeks I've seen 3 separate people who have told me they have been restricted in their ability to run because of increasing levels back pain
Now there is not an awful lot that is strange about that at first glance, but what is strange is that 3 people have come in recently with the same problem.
And the similarities in what they told me are striking...
"I've always been active and enjoyed running, but a few months ago I began to feel back pain when I went out running with my friends.
It's reached the point where I can't run any further than 2 or 3 miles and I have to stop.
Now I'm scared that I won't be able to run further than 3 miles again and that I'm going to lose all my fitness.
Can you help"
Sue 49, B.Cleeve
I heard the same thing no less than 3 times in the last few weeks!
Weird how it sometimes happens.
The thing is...
I reviewed all 3 of these people in clinic and do you know what I discovered?
All 3 patients did have back pain, but not 'runners back pain', just the normal kind of symptoms that any other person may have.
It just happened that these 3 people ENJOY RUNNING.
It may have been patients who had back pain but enjoyed hill walking - just a simple coincidence!
And you know what..
Let me start by saying, yes I can definitely help.
This really isn’t uncommon… Back pain is one of the most common injuries we see here at the clinic.
We often here that the GP has advised rest and sure, even though the GP is right, that you need to rest your back. One of the worst things you can do with back pain is to rest too much and do nothing at all.
Too much rest will only end up making things worse in the long run, and equally doing nothing at all will mean that you won't ever run more than 3 miles before the back pain strikes again!So what can you do when you have a bad so bad that it’s stopping you from doing what you want?
Treat it and Strengthen it!
Our backs aren’t made to sit for long periods of time and we need to be active to maintain flexibility and mobility and strength of the spine.
So taking part in regular mobility style exercises to increase your muscle control, using exercises like those of Pilates and Yoga will help to keep muscles and joints flexible – meaning when you do go back to doing activities like running, gym classes etc., you’ll have a strong back protecting you from more...back pain!
So what's our point?
A bit of regular exercise really does help, and a few months of perseverance means you won't be suffering with back pain anymore
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