Over 16 million people suffer from chronic lower back pain in the USA. Conventional wisdom has dictated that pain means we should not load the spine, however, recent studies not only suggest that this ‘wisdom’ is incorrect, but that not lifting might actually make things worse! In fact, exercise and resistance exercise appears to be one of the MOST powerful ways to reduce back pain available today!
Barbell Medicine Biopsychosocial Pain Model
Resistance training decreased lower back pain in females over 12 weeks:
Various forms of exercise decrease low back pain including resistance exercise:
Posterior resistance training improves lower back pain more than rest or general exercise (meta-analysis):
Resistance exercise more effective than hands on treatment for lower back pain:
Resistance training and aerobic exercise are equally effective for reducing lower back pain: