Walk­ing tar­gets a sore core

Reader's Digest (India) - - Mednews - Source: Michal Katz-Leurer, PhD, Fac­ulty of Medicine, Tel Aviv Univer­sity, Is­rael

Walk­ing may ease chronic low-back pain just as well as phys­i­cal ther­apy, new re­search shows. Dur­ing the study, pa­tients worked up to walk­ing on a tread­mill for 40 min­utes at mod­er­ate-in­ten­sity twice a week. Af­ter six weeks, they had sig­nif­i­cantly less low-back pain and stronger ab­dom­i­nal and back mus­cles than when they started—re­sults that were com­pa­ra­ble with a group who’d spent that time do­ing mus­cle-strength­en­ing PT. Walk­ing af­fects back and ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles in much the same way that tar­geted strength­en­ing ex­er­cises do, re­searchers say.

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