Ask an expert

30 Jan 2008

exercise and chronic back pain
I have chronic lower back pain, mostly at night - it causes me to wake up - although I have bought a new Restonic Firm mattress. I have learned to live with it, but now I have joined a gym, Shape for ladies - are there any exercises I should avoid? I feel that by strengthening my core muscles I might reduce the pain and possibilaty of injuries, but I do not want to add to my problems by overstraining areas I should not. Thank you!
Answer 400 views

01 Jan 0001

A thorough examination preferably by a chiropractic practitioner will be useful in determining which exercises you should or should not be doing. In the initial phase of your gym routine I would in any case advise that you take it easy - gradualy working up to something more consistant. Listen to your body - pain is a warning signal. Thus don't attempt any exercise or activity that elicits pain.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
33% - 9326 votes
67% - 18774 votes