“There’s a great deal of published research that demonstrates that exercise does, indeed, make you feel good,” said Dr Ina Diener, President of the South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP). “Recently, a group of scientists in the USA found proof of the existence of an exercise hormone called irisin in humans, which has many positive health effects, including a ‘feel-good’ impact.”
Irisin shoots up after exercise and appears to have a number of other physiological benefits. Additional research shows that busy mothers, who one would think would need sleep above all else, actually do better when they exercise!
“While both sleep and exercise helped improve the mothers’ daily moods, exercise was more beneficial than sleep was. These findings offer further support for the benefits of exercise on individuals’ mood. This is one reason why the theme of this year’s National Physiotherapy Back Week is Movement for Good Health Exercise! Whether you have a physical or a psychological condition, the best thing you can do is to get moving. Even just adding some extra movement to your day walking around while talking on the phone, for example, and taking the stairs instead of the lift will pay off in many ways, from improved mood to better heart health to better blood sugar control.”
The best option is to do at least some of your exercise in a natural setting.
“The evidence indicates that nature can make positive contributions to our health, help us recover from pre-existing stresses or problems, have an ‘immunising’ effect by protecting us from future stresses, and help us to concentrate and think more clearly.”
Dr Diener added one did not have to run marathons or lift weights to benefit: ‘We urge people to get 150 minutes a week. It can be just a brisk walk, anything that gets to body up off the chair and moving.”
If you are planning to embark on vigorous exercise, however, do take advantage of National Physiotherapy Back Week, from September 7 to 11, to check your musculoskeletal system is up to the challenge.
Many physiotherapists countrywide will make themselves available for questions and free check-ups in public places such as shopping malls. Contact the SASP Head Office to find out more: 011 615 3170.
- There are many different structures in the back that can cause pain; such as the Disc, ligaments, muscles and nerve tissue.
- Back is usually the result of acute trauma/injury or poor postural habits and the resulting accumulation of stress on the spine.
- Researchers indicate that almost 80% of the population is likely to suffer from back pain-in their lifetime.
- Physiotherapy is one of the most widely used forms of treatment adopted for gaining relief from back pain, it is extremely effective and works well for managing back pain.
- Physiotherapy will endeavour to find the underlying reason why that structure was damaged which allows us to address the root of the cause rather than treating the symptoms.
There are so many misconceptions on how to cope and handle non-traumatic Back Pain eg
- Pain damage, should be pain does not usually damage
- I can’t trust my back – I can….
- If it hurts…. Tense, protect and avoid should be relax, breathe and move normally
- Back pain needs resting would better be: needs movement and graduated load
- Back pain is all about the scans – Life style factors are important and not just scans
Back week creates the opportunity to bring these important factors under the attention of the public and thus eliminating those wrong conceptions.