Many people suffering from back and neck pain are reluctant to exercise because they fear that the activity will increase the pain. However, exercise and fitness are a necessary part of the prevention and healing process for back and neck problems. The proper activities and movements actually promote healing by nourishing and repairing the spinal structures and keeping the spine flexible and strong.

A regular exercise program for back pain sufferers is a must and should include both stretching and strengthening exercises for the upper body and the lower body. Always remember to consult your physician before you begin any exercise program.

An exercise program can help minimize back pain by making the muscles in your back, stomach, hips, and thighs strong and flexible. But it must include the right exercises, and you must do them correctly. That’s why doctors often suggest that pain patients consult with a physical therapist, a professional who can develop and supervise an appropriate back pain exercise program.

A well-designed back pain exercise program is likely to include a combination of stretching, strengthening, and aerobic exercises.

Before beginning any exercise program, speak with your doctor to ensure that the activity you are planning is right for you.

If you feel pain while doing an exercise, stop and consult with a physician or physical therapist before performing that exercise again.