Back Fact

by Sherry Riter in Health

Does your back hurt?

According to the Arthritis Association, 80% of all Americans end up experiencing back pain at some time during their lives. The common belief is to lay flat on your back to get rid of the pain.

That’s wrong!

The way to get rid of the pain is to move…to exercise. Most back pain is due to muscle weakness and the movements of exercising strengthens the muscles. To alleviate chronic back pain a combination of anti-inflammatory medications and moving around usually makes your back feel 100% better. Walking is a great exercise, so don’t think you have to become Mr. & Mrs. Exercise in order to keep your back in good shape.

Let me just preface this paragraph with “I hate exercise.” I know how you feel if you hate it too. Believe me, I’m trying to take my own advice. Your “core” is the secret to keeping your back pain free. The spine and the abdominal muscles make up your core. If your abdominal and trunk muscles are strong, your floating bones of the spine are going to stay where they are supposed to stay.

If you are interested in “seeing” the core exercises you can/should do, the Mayo Clinic offers a slideshow of exercises for core strengthening shown here. This site seemed to have the most comprehensive exercise routines. Thrill of thrills. Can you see me jumping up and down for joy? Yeah, this is me…

Not all back pain is caused because of weak muscles, so be sure to check with your doctor before you start an exercise program and/or you have chronic back pain with other symptons such as tingling in your legs.

When your children are past the age where you have to pick them up constantly and chase them around, you will notice that your abdomen isn’t getting the workout it needs. If you fall into this category, it is time to get exercising!

Oh yeah!

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 CEOmum July 7, 2009 at 4:48 am

I'm lucky to have my teenage son to drag me to the gym. I have struggled with back pain for years.

Of course he has abs like that guy Heading over to Mayo clinic site now.


2 theselfloveproject July 7, 2009 at 4:49 am

cool info…

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3 Clueless_Mama July 7, 2009 at 6:53 am

This is great information. I am only 37 and have already had back surgery. Thanks for sharing!
MBC Club


4 Alicia July 7, 2009 at 7:13 am

exercise? bummer….can i just have my husband rub my back?!


5 Theta Mom July 7, 2009 at 10:51 am

I don't like to exercise but I know it has to get done…at some point. Thanks for checking out my blog as well. 🙂


6 Jane In The Jungle July 7, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Wow……just Wow……do you know where I can get one of those????? LOL!!


7 susan Miller July 7, 2009 at 2:01 pm

thanks for stopping by!

I suppose there's no way around exercise these days, eh? 🙂 very cute post and still getting the point across. 🙂


8 Kimi July 7, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I know there was writing. Valuable info even and then bam. Hello, Mr. Muscle and I seem to have forgotten it all.


9 Two Pretty Little Skirts July 7, 2009 at 7:25 pm

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10 The King Family July 7, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Woah! hehehehe


11 Melissa B. July 7, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I've got a bad back, and I concur wholeheartedly on the excercise thing. I swim several times a week, and it does wonder for ails me. Good on the aging, arthritic knees, too!


12 Judy Harper October 13, 2009 at 1:00 am

I found that the leg press helps my back. # 2 for the contest! One more to go!


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