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There may be a new drug-free pain relief method to treat lower back pain on the horizon - and it's simpler than you think. According to a new study conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University's Stanley Steyer School of Health Professions, walking two to three times per week for a period of 20 to 40 minutes may be just as effective at alleviating lower back pain as muscle-strengthening and rehabilitation programs that could become very pricey. The study, which was published in the journal Clinical Rehabilitation, may point to a cost-effective means for individuals to decrease their frequency of lower back pain and improve their overall fitness level in the process.

The study groups

Michal Katz-Leurer Ph.D. and her team of experts examined 52 patients who responded to a series of questions regarding pain levels, muscle and walking endurance and other factors. Study authors split them into two groups - one that participated in a six-week walking program, while the other group utilized a muscle-strengthening program that met two to three times each week for six weeks. According to AFTAU.org, by the end of the six-week trial both groups reported improvements across all assessment levels, which illustrates that a walking program could be just as effective as common forms of physical therapy.

Conclusions

The study authors believe that a walking program can be just as effective as other forms of treating lower back pain, as abdominal and back muscles are strengthened as a patient builds up endurance, which could help to reduce back pain symptoms in the long run. Additionally, this could be a better option for clients who don't have access to physical therapists and fitness centers because they can be performed without direct supervision. Best of all, a walking program can be an important addition to a healthy lifestyle, and back pain sufferers can reap the benefits of this regular exercise as it improves many other facets of their life.

Of course, for chronic pain sufferers who are just getting underway in their walking regimen, it may be wise to use back supports to help support the lower back. Dr-HO'S 2-in-1 Decompression Belt for back pain is designed to be used as an activity belt so that you can go for your daily walk and feel confident that your lower back and core are protected. You can also inflate the belt to stretch the lower back muscles and lift the upper body weight to reduce pressure in the lower back muscles as well as the lower spine in order to relieve pain that you may have while standing or walking.

Not only can this belt be worn for walking, you can also wear it for other daily activities such as gardening, working around the house, or while sitting for long periods. You can also wear the inflated belt while lying down to maximize the traction effect that this Decompression Belt can provide, helping to take pressure off of nerves and to stretch the lower back muscles. Using the Dr. Ho Decompression Belt to help treat lower back pain can help improve your mobility so that you can keep up with your daily activities while giving your lower back a chance to rest and relax.

 

To learn more about back pain treatment, visit our Back Pain page.

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