Updated: Nov 10
There are 9.11 million people living with long-term back pain in England alone and this number is increasing the more that people are working from home because of the COVID pandemic.
Lower back pain is one of the most common problems and everyone experiences it differently. The most common form of lower back pain is known as “non-specific lower back pain” and with almost 80% of the world’s population experiencing back pain at some point in their lives, the majority of cases is not due to anything sinister.
Maybe you've been resting more than normal because of lockdown and your hoping the back pain just needs time to heal. We have found that most doctors now encourage lower back pain sufferers to get a bit more active and move their backs and related muscles as a better pain relief treatment.
Movement can help relieve back pain, but only the right kind; you should avoid workouts that put too much stress and strain on the back.
So which exercises should you choose?
That all depends on how intense your pain is, and what causes it. So, you should always get the recommendation of your doctor before doing any heavy exertion for lower back pain.
Other factors that can cause back pain:
Stress, anxiety and/or depression
General poor lifestyle habits such as poor sleep
Lack of mobility during the day, or staying in one position/posture for long periods
A sudden increase in activity or exercises without allowing time for the muscles to adapt
Discogenic pain (pain arising from a disc within your spine)
Occupations that require a lot of twisting under load
From the top 2 points alone, you can see just how the Cornonavirus has had a part to play with the rise of people suffering from back pain.
What can I do from home?
Healthline have some great tips and tricks on helping back pain at home. Take a look here: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/stretches-for-lower-back-pain