Strength Training Can Lessen Back Pain

Chiropractic care in Athens GAIf you're like most people, you suffer from some kind of aches and pains. We see many professionals in our clinic whose lives are made more difficult by some kind of back or neck discomfort. Fortunately, research shows that strength training can help lessen pain.

A Danish study followed 42 women who were plagued by trapezius pain. The trapezius forms a triangle between the neck, shoulders, and upper back, and is a frequent source of neck and shoulder pain in professionals. All of the women in the study engaged in repetitive work all day at their jobs.

The subjects were randomly assigned to one of three separate groups:

  • The first group practiced strength training workouts for 20 minutes, 3 times a week. Each session included three out of five high-intensity techniques devised particularly for the neck and shoulder muscles.
  • The second group did leg workouts for 20 minutes, three times a week. They rode stationary bikes, and allowed their arms to hang relaxed at their sides.
  • The third group were given counseling on "workplace ergonomics, diet, health, relaxation, and stress management for a total of (one hour) per week but were not offered any physical training."

Researchers carefully recorded the womens' muscle strength at the beginning and conclusion of the study, and noted their levels of neck pain each week.

Though all of the women continued their jobs during the study, those who performed strength exercises reported a 79% reduction in the intensity of their pain. The women in the other groups reported no significant pain relief.

If you have problems with neck or back pain, it's essential for you to know that there are non-invasive solutions. In our clinic, we can work with you to develop a treatment plan that combines chiropractic care and specific exercises to help you get pain free.

Give our Athens, GA office a call today at (706) 353-8032 to make an appointment.

Andersen LL, Andersen JL, Suetta C, Kjaer M, Søgaard K, Sjøgaard G. Effect of contrasting physical exercise interventions on rapid force capacity of chronically painful muscles. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2009;107(5):1413-9.