Monday, December 31, 2007

Activity relieves back pain

Cold, wet autumn and winter often lead to back problems, but that doesn’t mean sufferers should lay back and hope the pain will go away. When it comes to the spine, rest and relaxation can quickly lead to poor posture and muscle degradation, warns a Munich-based German Spinal League. Further problems may then hit the vertebrae and spinal discs.

Light activity is good for the spine. A cycle of exercising and relaxing the spine creates a pumping activity whereby spinal discs soak up water and nutrients like a sponge. Walking, Nordic walking and cross-country skiing are all healthy for the back, says Reinhold Schneiderhan, president of the league. Regular swimming is also good for the back. But even a relaxed wintertime walk can do some good.