Just like lightning, injuries often strike when we least expect them to, however our lifestyle in recent times has us primed and ready for one particular kind of injury/ pain, a bad back.
It is estimated that around 80% of the population will experience some form of back pain during their lifetimes, as it is one of the most common reasons that people take time off from work, with lower back issues that can even leave you temporarily disabled.
The back is a complex collection of bones, discs, muscles and ligaments that under prolonged strain such as bad posture, physical impact, injury or excessive wear can become compromised, leading to chronic or acute pain.
Whatever the cause, back pain can take a heavy toll on your mobility and therefore quality of life, so much so that you desperately begin to seek a way out.
Once you are rested and pain free, it is essential to rehabilitate the muscles in and around your back in order to recover and remain injury free. This is where resistance training comes in. Resistance training is one of the safest and surest ways you can recover from back pain or a back injury. There are 3 primary reasons that resistance training is a safer, more effective way to recover from a back injury.
Low impact means less strain
Resistance training is especially important in aiding recovery post back pain or injury, as it is low impact, meaning it works your muscles against a dynamic opposing force, therefore doesn’t place a strain on your joints, as would have been the case when your weight is opposed by a hard surface such as the floor.
Controlled motion that brings stability
When you lift directly against gravity, as in the case of dumb bells, the motion during the lift is controlled, but the descent is often much quicker, aided by gravity. This uncontrolled motion can often be a cause for injury itself. With resistance bands, this temptation is avoided, as the bands provide enough resistance even when you are moving along the direction of gravitational pull. This controlled motion leads to better long-term stability, which plays a key role in keeping your back strong.
The back is a complex structure of muscles and ligaments, and while there are times when you need a compound workout to target a large group of muscles, there are also times when you are recovering from injury, when you need to isolate a particular muscle in order to rehabilitate and strengthen it. This is easily possible with resistance training. While using resistance bands, a change in the direction of the stretch will engage a different muscle within the group, ensuring that the load of movement is shared effectively by all the muscles involved. This is one of the key factors in remaining injury free, as in many cases, injury only occurs when a weak muscle consistently doesn’t engage, increasing the load and putting a strain on other muscles.
But, with a wide variety of options such as resistance bands, hip bands, resistance loops and resistance tubes to choose from, it can often become a confusing choice about which option to pick when you are beginning your recovery.
When it comes to your back, or even full body training, resistance tubes offer the most comprehensive solution of the lot. A single set of resistance tubes can come with as many as 11 pieces, including all the accessories you may need, such as wrist and ankle straps and even door anchors. With a good range of resistance levels available, you can start easy and progress to harder levels of resistance as you gain more strength. Moreover, resistance tubes are equally well suited to upper body as well as lower body workouts, making them the only piece of equipment you really need, in order to build strength and gain mobility on your way to becoming completely pain free.
With consistent use, resistance training builds strength, stability and balance, ensuring an improvement in posture, to keep your back strong and injury free, and to improve your mobility. Why stop at recovery, when resistance training can take you further by building strength and endurance, with the kind of versatility that doesn’t come with any other equipment.