Exercising more an effective way to ease backache

June 3rd, 2009 - 2:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, June 3 (IANS) Exercising more is an effective way of easing chronic backache, according to a new study.
A University of Alberta (U-A) study involving 240 men and women with chronic lower-back pain showed that those who exercised four days a week had a better quality of life, 28 percent less pain and 36 percent less disability.

Robert Kell, professor of exercise physiology at the U-A, who led the study said that those who hit the gym only two or three days a week did not show the same level of change. About 80 percent of North Americans suffer from lower back pain.

“While it could be assumed that someone with back pain should not exercise frequently, our findings show that working with weights four days a week provides the greatest amount of pain relief,” said Kell.

Groups of 60 men and women with chronically sore lower backs each exercised

with weights in two, three or four-day weekly programmes, or not at all.

Their progress was measured over 16 weeks. The level of pain decreased by 28 percent in programmes that included exercise four days a week, by 18 percent three days a week and by 14 percent two days a week.

The quality of life, defined as general physical and mental well-being, rose by 28

percent, 22 percent and 16 percent, respectively, said a U-A release.

These findings were presented in May at the American College of Sports Medicine conference in Seattle, Washington.

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