exercising too much

Avoiding a sedentary lifestyle is some of the most common advice practitioners give to patients with low back pain. If you are suffering from backache, you know that prolonged inactivity can delay your recovery and even worsen your symptoms.

Staying Active

According to a study published in the August 1st edition of Spine, giving workers who are on medical leave due to low back pain some counseling on how to stay active can increase their chances of returning to work. According to Peter Donceel, PhD, and Marc Du Bois, MD, researchers from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, “Combined counseling and disability evaluation by a medical advisor results in a higher return to work rate due to a lower sick leave recurrence as compared to disability evaluation alone.”

exercising too much

More than 500 blue-collar workers were recruited for the study. All of whom were on medical leave and were getting routine evaluation by a medical advisor. The workers were randomly split into two groups; one received standard disability evaluation and the other received both evaluation and counseling for low back pain (staying active, avoiding bed rest, and continuing normal activities of daily living). Findings revealed that the counseling group had a bigger chance of returning to work and coming off disability. Only 4of the patients in this group did not return to work after a year while the evaluation-only group had 8. The researchers concluded that advice on how to stay active using a rehabilitation-oriented approach is beneficial for patients, decreasing the rate of recurrent sick leave.[1]

What is “Exercising Too Much”?

There are numerous things you can do to avoid being sedentary. You can exercise, do yoga or pilates, do light jogging or walking. Staying active has been proven to help in decreasing your symptoms, but too much of anything can be harmful.

According to a report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, “Training very hard may be as bad for you as not putting on your running shoes at all.”

In this report, it was stated that brisk walking is more beneficial.

This study shows that you don’t have to run marathons to keep your heart healthy. Light and moderate jogging was found to be more beneficial than being inactive or undertaking strenuous jogging, possibly adding years to your life. National guidelines recommend we do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week. It may sound like a lot, but even brisk walking is good exercise. And if you’re bit of a couch potato, this is a good place to start.

– Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation. [2]

When you  push your own body limits to far, you are exercising too much. Over-exercising will not help you resolve your health issues. It can, in fact, be very harmful.

Here are some signs that you are over-exercising:

  1. Muscle soreness all the time.
  2. Dehydration.
  3. Nausea.
  4. Rapid heartbeat.

Chiropractic Care for Low Back Pain

Aside from doing manipulative therapy for your backache, chiropractors may provide an exercise programme after a careful evaluation to make sure your activities will not worsen your symptoms. Visit us at Back Doctor Chiropractic Clinic in Chester or contact us through phone or E-mail for booking. You may also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


[1] http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/248730.php?sr

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