Agonizing back pain is turning gyms into no-go zones, experts have warned on the back of new research. Two-fifths of adults are avoiding exercise as a result of the intense discomfort in their lower back. While the pain, and twinges in the neck, has deterred a quarter from exercising for up to a month, a survey found. The British Chiropractic Association commissioned the ‘worrying’ findings of little more than 2,000 adults. Two-fifths of adults aren’t keeping fit and going to the gym as a result of the intense discomfort in their lower back +1 and two-fifths of adults aren’t keeping fit and going to the gym as a result of the intense discomfort in their lower back
Catherine Quinn, a spokesperson for the industry body, said: ‘We want as many people as possible to get out there and enjoy sports this summer. ‘Moderate exercise is essential to build and maintain strength and flexibility, improving posture and protecting you from any further pain. ‘The spine is naturally strong and stable, so it’s worrying to find that so many people are being prevented from staying active due to back pain.
‘While total rest may seem like a good way to recover, often continuing moderate physical activity will help in the long run.’ The research also found that 34 per cent of sufferers felt that it was the exercise that triggered their complaint. Back pain, ranked as the highest contributor to disability in the world, normally improves within a few weeks or months. It is believed to affect four in five people at some point in their lifetime in the UK and is one of the most common medical complaints.
For decades powerful painkillers have been doled out in their millions to relieve the agony of back pain. But growing evidence suggests the drugs are ineffective for the complaint, as well as being highly addictive. This change in stance about painkillers has been adopted by many physiotherapists in recent years, including updated guidelines on how to treat it.
Never Use Painkillers
The American College of Physicians declared that painkillers should never be used to treat back pain earlier this year. In recent years researchers have thrown yoga around as a potential tool for people who struggle to ease their pain. A range of studies backed up the practice, which includes stretching and breathing exercises, in treating the disability.