Research “backs” exercises and education

If you would like to avoid lower back pain, there’s more and more evidence that a combination of exercise and education is the most effective approach.  In  this review of the research in the area, just published in the American Medicine’s Journal of Internal Medicine, the authors concluded that “exercise… in combination with education is effective for preventing low back pain.”  Nothing else was effective.

This is why I built the “active X university“; in order to provide evidence-based information and exercises.  If you haven’t taken a look, just have a peek at the content.  It’s also why I aim to publish another book on low back pain in the first quarter of this year.  Aaannnd… I’m aiming to release a massive update to the active X university later this year, in fact recrafting it entirely, including (drum roll)… an app which will bring you the information you need, when you need it most – to your smartphone; exercises tailored to your problem, nudges to do them and to move more often, and to improve your posture etc.  It’ll be the culmination of 4 years of work researching and testing “in your pocket” support for back pain sufferers.

If you’d like to be involved in testing the app, or providing feedback on the first (or second) draft of the book, please do let me know – all help is greatly appreciated, and will make a big difference to future potential sufferers. Or check out my easy exercise program for low back pain relief. It’s an online program that you can do at home, or on the move.

PS Happy New Year!!

About the Author:

Clinic Director and Osteopath. Gavin graduated as a Gold Medallist in 1991 and is now a Vice Patron of the British School of Osteopathy. Co-author of “The Back Book” with Gavin Hastings OBE in 1996, and author of "active X backs - and effective solution for lower back pain"; he has an MSc in The Clinical Management of Pain from the University of Edinburgh. He's passionate about helping to move people as far from illness and pain as possible, and in January 2015 set himself the target of helping a million people get a better back.

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