April 17, 2010

Study Disputes Popular Thought

1 Routine Lifting May Help with Back Pain

A new study led by Tapio Videman, a researcher at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, found that physical loading or the pressure placed on the spine, may delay disc degeneration, disputing common perception that frequent lifting is harmful to some people with bad backs. The most common form of physical loading is carrying around our own body weight everyday. Videman, in a study of identical male twins where one was heavier than the other, found that the heavier twin had less disc degeneration that his lighter sibling. This evidence led Videman to conclude that routine physical loading, such as light weight lifting, if performed carefully and by gradually increasing the load, may prevent disc degeneration by challenging the spine.

More at Physorg.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Back Pain, Bad Back, Exercise, Tapio Videman, Physical Loading, Spine, Disc Degeneration, Body Weight, Weight Bearing Exercise, Weight Lifting, University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

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