Weight machines and stretching increase risk of lower back pain

Researchers have found people who use weight training machines and stretching as part of their exercise routines are at a higher risk of lower back pain than those who don’t.

The study included 4,610 participants, aged between 20-81. The participants self-reported on their low back pain as well flexibility and muscle-strengthening activities. The participants were followed for a period of five years.

Lead researcher Dr Robert Sandler said the findings help to remove the previously conflicting evidence on activities that are harmful to the lower back.

Given that up to 90% of Australians will suffer from lower back pain, these findings help people to protect themselves against lower back pain.

Read more at The Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport