Ease Your Back Pain With Swimming

Dr. John Mak of Premier Pain recommended this recent article in the New York Times, which focused on swimming to help relieve back pain.  Swimming is low-impact, in that it is exercise that doesn’t put stress on the joints and bones.  It also helps strengthen your core along with your back muscles.  It’s key to know that certain methods of swimming may be more beneficial to pain relief than others.  From the article:

If you are cleared to swim, and just starting for the first time, pay close attention to your technique. Work with a coach or trainer if necessary. It may also be a good idea to start with the breaststroke, because the butterfly and freestyle strokes involve more trunk rotation. The backstroke is another good option, said Dr. Rodeo, who is co-chief of the sports medicine and shoulder service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

The rest of the article can be read on the New York Times‘ website by clickinghere.