Keeping the Back Strong is the Best Defence against Chronic Back Pain

It is probably fair to say that most of us do not appreciate the way our bodies work and how important every part is to our overall health, until something goes wrong. When we are experiencing pain, discomfort and decreased mobility, there are all kinds of promises we make to ourselves to exercise more, eat better and generally treat our bodies with respect. Usually, however, when everything returns to normal, we slack off, become less vigilant and are soon back to our old habits.

A case in point is how the populace generally treats their backs. Approximately 42% of all work-related injury claims in Australia are caused by lifting, pushing or pulling an object, repetitive movement and prolonged standing. Despite this, individuals independent of any company safety initiatives are rarely proactive in taking steps to develop a strong and healthy back through exercise and massage. 

Back Pain Leaves Sufferers Helpless

For anyone who has had a back injury, the wake-up call is brutal. The pain is relentless and excruciating, the lack of mobility leaves them totally dependent on someone else for the basic necessities of life, and the feeling of helplessness can be overwhelming. Often, there is little medically that can help other than rest, physiotherapy, massage and gentle exercise. Massage is especially useful for reducing chronic back pain when combined with physiotherapy.

Incorrect lifting techniques have been the main culprit in many back injuries, and any safety tool-box talk in today's workplace usually includes a demonstration of the right way to lift an object. Emphasis is placed on the positioning of the object, the stance of the person, the grip on the object and, finally, the action of pushing up using the strong thigh and stomach muscles.

The Role of the Stomach Muscles

The stomach muscles particularly have an important part to play in developing a strong and healthy back. They act to support the lower spine and hold it in its proper position. Because many of us now have sedentary jobs and go home to a sedentary lifestyle, our stomach muscles become weak and are unable to support the lower spine as they should. Stomach exercises recommended by the professionals at Physio on Brunswick, if done regularly and correctly, will help the back to remain strong.

The physiotherapists at Physio on Brunswick will also recommend a regimen of other exercises that, along with the stomach exercises, will provide a comprehensive approach to strengthening the back. If the person under treatment is overweight, weight reduction will also be recommended, as this extra weight, especially if it is carried around the abdominal area, is very detrimental to the health of the back. It places unnecessary strain on the muscles and discs and is a significant contributor to chronic back pain.

Enduring chronic pain for long periods of time affects not only the people with the pain, but everyone in their immediate circle. It can cause a person to be difficult to live with, short-tempered and can lead to depression. Long-term career prospects can be adversely affected and personal relationships strained to breaking point. Surely regular daily exercise and massage are much better options. Additional information and contact details for physiotherapists and massage therapists can be found at

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