Pushups with Redcord Suspension for Back Pain
February 10, 2016
February 10, 2016
If you suffer from low back pain and are looking for safe, effective ways to manage your symptoms, suspension training is a therapy you may want to explore. Specifically, recent studies have shown that performing pushups while supported by a sling can reduce chronic low back pain in adults.
How does redcord suspension therapy work?
You’re probably familiar with the basic pushup motion, but as someone with low back pain, you likely find pushups difficult to perform. Yet, these exercises strengthen the abdominal and lumbar muscles, helping to stabilize your lumbar spine (the lower portion of your spine), which in turn reduces back pain. Using the sling to support your body makes it possible for you to perform the pushup moves correctly and without jarring your injured back. Over time, the muscles in your lower back will grow stronger and your pain should lessen.
How often do you need to perform redcord exercises?
In a study that examined the effectiveness of pushups in a sling for treating lower back pain, students performed the exercises 3 times per week for 6 weeks. They trained for 30 minutes per session, performing not only pushups, but also a variety of other sling-based exercises. Your physical therapist may recommend more or less training, depending on the severity of your back pain and your overall physical abilities.
How can you guarantee success?
For best results with suspension training, it is important to work with your physical therapist. He or she can ensure you are performing the exercises correctly so that you do not risk additional injury. Studies have shown that performing pushups in conjunction with other sling exercises is more effective in managing lower back pain than general physical therapy or other sling exercises alone. Your physical therapist will be able to design a customized exercise routine based on your needs, as well as integrate other treatment, like cold therapy and chiropractic care, into your routine.
If you’ve struggled to find relief from back pain, adding pushups with redcord sling support to your routine might provide the breakthrough you’re awaiting.