(DETROIT, MI October 6, 2011) — What do you do when a backache sidelines you? Chances are you are going to rest and relax until the pain subsides.

However, a new study from University of Gothenburg in Sweden suggests that exercise, not inactivity, will help us recover from the back pain quicker.

This is an important finding for millions of people because back pain – whether caused by muscle strain or injury – affects about 80 percent of adult Americans at some time in their lives. As a matter of fact, it is the second leading cause for missed workdays after the common cold.

“The researchers found that inactivity can actually undermine the healing process because it ‘locks up’ the body’s movement, which can worsen the back pain and slow down recovery,” notes Prussia Hall, a personal trainer at every BODY in Detroit, MI.

While our first reaction to the backache may be to sit or lie down and avoid all movement, remaining immobile for an extended period of time will weaken our muscles. And weak muscles, Hall points out, will not protect the spine from further injuries.

“That’s why well-chosen exercises are crucial not only for recovery from backache, but also for protection against future pain,” she says.

For best and quickest relief from an aching back, Hall suggests gentle stretching and strengthening exercises – without straining or jolting impacted areas.

“There are several types of exercises that can help alleviate the pain while restoring mobility and flexibility to your back better than bed rest,” she says. “A trainer will show you the best moves.”

Another benefit of working with a fitness professional is that he or she can make sure you work out safely in a controlled and gradual manner.

“There are certain exercises that a person suffering from back pain should avoid,” Hall says. “If you go it alone, without proper guidance, you might inadvertently do something that will exacerbate your condition instead of improving it. The back is a very sensitive area so you should not take any risks.”

Once the acute pain phase is gone, Hall suggests a more advanced program of strengthening and stretching exercises that will make your core muscles and other supporting tissues more resistant.

“As always, prevention is the best policy,” she says. “In other words, strengthen your back muscles so they are less prone to aches, pains and injuries in the future.”

About every BODY:

Launched by fitness expert Prussia Hall in October 2008, every BODY offers women’s only and co-ed personal training and boot camp fitness programs which specialize in the areas of women’s fitness, corporate wellness, teen health, weight loss and nutrition. Program details and client testimonials are available at Hall, a certified fitness expert with over 8 years experience in the fitness industry, can be reached at or 800-217-8247.

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About Prussia Hall, Fitness Expert:

Hall is a certified fitness expert (B.B.A., M.S., NASM, CPT) with over 8 years of experience in the fitness industry. Hall can be reached at or 800-217-8247 and is available for media interviews on topics related to health, wellness and fitness.

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