When you’ve got back pain and you want to get back in to some regular exercise you want to be sure you are not going to make anything worse.

The good news is that exercising is proven to help improve your recovery and reduce pain.

Patients often ask:

“What is safe to do and what is the best kind of exercise for back pain?”

This week I’m going to share with you some simple tips on exercising when you’ve got back pain.


A safe bet for exercising with back pain is start off with some light, low impact exercise.

Something like walking, cycling or using the cross trainer.

These types of exercises help to get the muscles around your back activated and will improve flexibility.

Be sure to monitor how you feel when you are exercising and make sure to only do a small amount of exercise to start off with, like 5-10 minutes.


The second tip I always recommend to my patients is to make sure you do a specific warm up at least 10 minutes before your start exercising.

Things like gentle stretches an anything to get the heart rate up are perfect.

Your body will warm up, the muscl

es around your back will get activated which means you have better control through lower back and gets it ready for exercise.


My third tip is to see a specialist, like a physio, someone who deals with back pain everyday.

This is the most important tip.

If you are serious about exercising then this is crucial.

They can assess your specific back problem and come up with a plan of exercise for you to do that would be specific to you to protect you.

So there you have it, 3 tips for exercising with back pain.

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