Cardiovascular Exercise and Back Pain

We all know the benefits of being fit and healthy but have you ever considered how your fitness could be affecting your lower back pain?

Recently, studies have looked into the benefits of Cardiovascular Fitness and Low back pain with some interesting results. Cardiovascular fitness is the ability of the heart and lungs to adequately supply oxygen around the body and the ability of the working muscles to use this oxygen efficiently. The better your Cardiovascular Fitness the more oxygen travelling around your body and to your working muscles.

Now Cardiovascular Fitness is quite often neglected when rehabilitation of lower back injuries is concerned. However here at Cannington Physiotherapy there we like to look at the bigger picture and educate you on why we feel improving your Cardiovascular fitness is so important, so here are just a few reasons for you to get moving!

1. Cardiovascular exercise will improve blood flow and therefore oxygen delivery to injured and recovering muscles thus improving recovery rates and performance.
2. Improved performance in day to day activities – many of our patients become unable to do even the most simple of tasks such as climbing stairs, not only due to back pain but because they have lost much of their fitness. A good fitness program will enable the person to continue to perform these simple tasks with ease.
3. Increased self-esteem and promotion of positive hormonal changes i.e the release of endorphins that will improve general mood and reduce anxiety caused by pain.
4. Can improve joint mobility and stability and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
5. Allows you to maintain a healthy body weight – reducing body weight can help to alleviate pain in some joints.

These are only some of the reasons we strongly promote Cardiovascular Fitness here at Cannington Physiotherapy. If you have any questions about thow to improve your Cardiovascular Fitness or what exercises are best for you please feel free to contact us at any stage.

Note: Please remember that not all back pain is different and needs to be fully assessed by a trained professional before embarking on a Cardiovascular program.


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