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When Your Back Aches -- Work It Out!

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From KT Tape®

Relieve back pain with safe exercise.

Lower back pain can make you want to lie on the floor and do nothing. But, getting up and getting some exercise may be the best thing for it. According to a study by the University of Alberta and featured on Medical News Today, men and women with chronic lower-back pain who exercised four days a week had a better quality of life, 28 percent less pain, and 36 percent less disability than people who worked out only two to three days per week.

“While it could be assumed that someone with back pain should not be exercising frequently, our findings show that working with weights four days a week provides the greatest amount of pain relief and quality of life," said Robert Kell, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of exercise physiology at the University of Alberta, Augustana campus.

80% of Us Means a Big Club

Professor Kell presented his findings at the American College of Sports Medicine conference in Seattle, Washington, in May 2009. He found that about 80 percent of North Americans will suffer from lower back pain at some point.

In the study, four groups made up of 60 men and women with chronically sore lower backs each exercised with weights in two, three, or four-day weekly programs or not at all. After 16 weeks, the group that exercised four days per week said their pain decreased by 28 percent, the group that exercised three days per week reported an 18 percent reduction in pain, and the group that worked out two days per week had a 14 percent improvement.

Check with Your Doc First

Chronic back pain sufferers should always check with a doctor before beginning a fitness program. Here are some good exercises from BigBackPain.com to help strengthen your core muscles. At KT Tape we want to be healthy, safe, and continue to be active. We do see a lot of back pain sufferers turning to KT Tape when back pain flairs up, as it is a great solution to tape the injury rather than taking pain medication. This allows you to keep exercising safely to ensure strength and mobility sooner.