Did you know that aquatic-based (water-based) exercise can be very
beneficial for lower back pain? New research indicates in certain cases, it can
actually be more effective than land-based exercise. In a recent study of 65
chronic low back pain patients, individuals were randomly assigned to receive either
aquatic exercise or land-based exercise. Patients performed 5 exercise sessions
per week for 4 weeks – 20 total exercise sessions over 4 weeks. Patients were initially
evaluated a 0 weeks, then re-evaluated at 4 and 12 weeks. Both groups
experienced statistically significant improvements with certain improvements in
lower back disability being superior within the aquatic exercise group.
Source: Spine: June 15, 2009. Volume 34; Issue 14.