Is Swimming Good for the Back?

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We all know that swimming is quite a difficult sport because of the complexity of strokes you need to perform such as breast stroke and butterfly stroke. However, almost everyone can do freestyle. You don’t need to be professional on to look cool doing freestyle.

The health benefits of swimming, however, is always cast aside – so many questions but so little answers. So we’ll answer the question “is swimming good for the back?” once and for all. Here are some answers.

Source of Pain Relief

Did you know that swimming can ease back pain? Yes it can. But here’s how it eases the pain.

Swimming is certainly a good exercise for those suffering in this area. The great advantage, of course, is the support or the buoyancy you get from the water while strengthening the muscles. If you have very efficient breaststroke technique, then give it a try and listen to your body and decide for yourself whether to continue with that particular stroke. For many swimmers, the issue is that breaststroke can put strains on the neck and back because they hold their head out of the water and/or point forward. The more the head is lifted, the lower the hips dip and this also causes drag.

The butterfly stroke is probably best given a wide berth. Freestyle and backstroke may be beneficial for you. The front crawl and backstroke, if performed efficiently, will help stretch and mobilize your back in addition to giving you a solid cardiovascular workout.

Aqua-aerobics sessions are also worth considering in your journey back to fitness. Many local leisure centers run these classes. These will benefit you from a strength, flexibility and mobility point of view.

In many cases, swimming can be a very helpful exercise for back pain sufferers. Athletes commonly become injured, and swimming is a great way to keep active since it usually does not put excess strain on a swimmer’s back. However, that’s not to say that swimming can’t cause back pain or injuries as well.

Tips & Tricks

Here are some tips if you and to learn some strokes and to let you be aware of the strokes you’ll be doing;

  • For the freestyle, make sure you do not rotate your head too much when taking breaths. In addition, do not let your head move up too much or deviate from the axis along the length of the body. Deviating from this axis, or over rotating the head, can easily lead to neck and back injury while swimming. Also, when you’re not going up for breathes make sure you keep your head looking downwards. As already mentioned, rolling too much can easily lead to damage.
  • With the backstroke, muscles along the front of the neck tend to become fatigued if you have not done that stoke in a long time. Make sure to ease into this stoke and avoid over doing it.
  • When doing any flipturns, tuck your head in and don’t have it extended outward from your body.
  • For the breaststroke, keep your head and neck still, while gently raising the head and back to take breathes.

Health Reminders

If swimming continues to be painful it’s important to stop and seek the advice of a physician in order to stop back pain. By continuing to swim despite continual or worsening pain, the condition affecting the back may become worse and more serious forms of treatment may be required to reverse discomfort. Only in rare cases is surgery required to reverse ailments that affect the back. However, there are still instances where surgery may not be enough to completely reverse back pain conditions.

Swim for a Better Back!

In many cases, swimming can actually help back pain. Swimming is an activity that is good for you, and it also does not usually strain or add significant weight to the back. This makes it a great alternative for those looking for an exercise that won’t aggravate their neck or back, as well as any other conditions that may be affecting their bodies. However, repetitive or awkward movements in the pool can lead to injury, so it’s important to learn the proper safety methods and techniques to avoid injury to the back.