The best activity in the world for your back
Exercising turned out to be really helpful in treating the back pain I was suffering from. The best way for me to soothe the pain was swimming – after only a few days I felt some relief. Breaststroke and backstroke were very helpful for me, although I have been informed that in the majority of cases breaststroke is not recommended because of the possible impact on spine lordosis. Front crawl and backstroke are better in this regard. It is worth underlining at this point that being in the water itself is already beneficial for the body, and furthermore it rests and relaxes us.
Additionally I recommend the use of ‘jets’ or ‘streams’ which can often be found in swimming pools, especially newer ones. Going to the swimming pool regularly is crucial in back pain treatment as the effects can be visible after only a few visits (working with a physiologist only shows results after a longer period).
Today, feeling much better, I still go to the swimming pool as a prevention tool.
It has been two and a half years since my last entry. Recently I have started swimming again and I must admit that it was a great decision! I also worked out a system different from the previous one – now I try to go to the pool 4 times a week, usually Monday and Tuesday, and Thursday and Friday. I am trying to swim for less than 1 hour as staying in the water for longer can lead to rheumatism. Instead, I try to swim intensively for 20 minutes with short breaks to catch my breath, and it is enough for me. It is also an economical solution because at my swimming pool you can buy a multi-entrance pass where you pay exactly for the time spent, and not the full hour.
When talking about swimming styles and their influence on back health, I definitely recommend backstroke and front crawl. A couple of rehabilitants I talked to confirmed that those 2 styles have a positive influence on people with back and spine conditions. I am using backstroke because I get tired less quickly than when using front crawl. I would not recommend breaststroke as it has a negative influence on lumbar lordosis, as well as on our joints and knee ligaments. I go to the pool at around 5pm after work, but after several hours of sitting in front of the computer it really helps my back to relax and regenerate. At that time there are relatively few people at the swimming pool, and you can swim freely and at your own speed. An additional advantage is that allows you to relax following a stressful day at work, and build up a good appetite for dinner!
Swimming is especially recommended for children because regular swimming can help to develop a well-proportioned figure, as well as avoiding a lot of health issues in the future - posture correction classes will not be needed! This is why I often take my cousins (aged 9 and 11) with me to the swimming pool. For adults, reducing body posture flaw is almost impossible. Why then should we take care of ourselves and our spine, you might ask. For me, the answer is simple – to avoid further deterioration of body posture flaws. The older we get the tendency to hunch becomes bigger. Each time I leave the swimming pool, I feel ‘straighter’. All my muscles relax, and are not so tense anymore – which is a cause of many back problems. Finally, in water I have a wide range of movement, where I exercise muscles unused otherwise.
To summarize, I strongly recommend swimming to strengthen your organism and back. You do not have to force yourself from the very beginning and swim continuously for up to an hour. This can easily make swimming very off-putting, so that is why it is worth swimming for only several minutes, but regularly. The best styles for your back are front crawl and backstroke - try to avoid breaststroke. Taking kids to the swimming pool allows them to develop correct posture and can also be great fun!