The Truth About Bed Rest and Whether It Can Help Or Harm Your Back

Bed Rest For Back Pain? Think Again.

In some cases, going the bed rest route and taking a day or two off from work to “rest  your back” can quickly resolve a temporary back strain.

However, prolonged immobilization may have adverse effects such as depression, blood clots in the legs, muscle atrophy, or even muscle splinting (that’s when the muscle become extremely tight and contracted).

bed rest

 

In fact, a 1996 Finnish study found that the people who, following the onset of lower back pain, kept moving without bed rest had better back flexibility than those who rested in bed for a week.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says on it’s website that “Exercise may be the most effective way to speed recovery from low back pain and help strengthen back and abdominal muscles.”

So instead of opting for bed rest and risk further injury, here a several great resources of exercises and stretches that will help heal a sore back and strengthen your core.

Click here for 21 Back Pain Exercises at Home

Click here for 7 Back Saving Yoga Poses.

Click here for 4 Foam Roller Techniques for Low Back Pain

share this article

Fantastic Massage Therapist! Getting a massage from Morgan is definitely one of the highlights of my month. I always leave feeling rejuvenated and relaxed – a great combination! Morgan is wonderful about using whichever of the many massage techniques he has mastered to best “unknot” me, depending on what I need during any given visit. A++!!!

- Catherine B.