Swimming is one of the best exercises to relieve back pain because it can be a low-impact aerobic workout because it is easy...

Swimming & Back Pain







Swimming is one of the best exercises to relieve back pain because it can be a low-impact aerobic workout because it is easy on the spine and back.
Swimming also relieves stress on all joints in your body. However, swimming can also be a cause of back pain when done with improper techniques.
While swimming can provide relief to back pain for people with osteoarthritis, swimming strokes when not performed properly can result in lower back pain and upper back pain.
Butterfly and backstroke (front strokes) when not properly performed can create an arch instead of keeping your back in a balanced position.
Constant twisting can overtime damage your vertebrate and cause severe back pain.
Improperly jerking your neck when turning your head for breathing breaks can be uncomfortable if the body is not strong enough to support the action.
Insufficient body roll or hip flexor tightness leading to lumbar spine compensation
Back pain can occur during or after swimming.

Treatment of Back Pain
When you experience back pain, the best thing to do is to rest. Avoid doing any movements that will aggravate your back pain for the next two to three days. You will then have to start normal movements to prevent the development of other problems.
There are home remedies you can do to relieve back pain:
  • Apply ice pack on your back for 20 minutes every after two to three hours. This will reduce the swelling and pain on your back. 

  • Applying hot packs to remove the “heat” from your back. However, avoid placing hot packs on your back during the first 48 hours after the injury. 

On the third day after your back injury, apply heat packs for 20 minutes for about three times a day for blood flow stimulation. Heat will also ease the back pain and start the healing process.

  • Use a back support or compressive bandage to help control bleeding and swelling. 

See a doctor when your back pain does not go away after trying the above home remedies. When you notice troubling symptoms such as weakness or tingling in the legs immediately visit your doctor. 
Early treatment may include:
  • Joint mobility techniques, electrotherapy, and soft tissue massage and the like.
  • Exercise techniques to strengthen and loosen tissues and muscles in your back
  • Taking painkillers 
If the back pain requires further medical treatment after an MRI or X-ray, these are the recommended therapies. 
  • Occupational Therapy. This is done when you are having difficulty driving, washing or even dressing up. They will suggest gadgets you can use as well as doing things differently to reduce the strain in your back.
  • Physiotherapy. This is useful in improving your flexibility and strength. Your physiotherapist will create and oversee an exercise program to treat your back pain. 
Prevention is of course better than cure. To prevent back pain due to swimming, make sure to use the proper front strokes forms. When swimming, keep the level of your body in the water and your head straight instead of lifted. You may also use flotation devices (boards, noodles, wet vest, life preservers) for proper swimming form. 
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The views here are not as a result of a physical therapy professional. please make an appointment with your preferred Doctor of Physical Therapy for care. 
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