Anyone found walking backwards good for disc problems like bulges /herniations/lower back pain? I'm going to try it.
I read this:
Some studies have shown that walking backwards on a treadmill can ease lower back pain. According to the Journal of Exercise Physiology, researchers have found the walking backwards increases knee flex and hip extensions, as well as opens the discs in the spine. It also appears to strengthen your core. These things could be the keys to reducing lower back pain. It is also good for folks suffering from hamstring problems and knee pain.
Lower back pain: If a persons lower back pain is caused by an imbalance known as “flat back” syndrome (often caused by tight hamstrings) walking backwards can restore the normal lumbar lordosis(curvature) and reduce stress on discs and other structures in the spine.
Walking backwards helps you to use muscles and movements that you probably rarely use, making it an ideal way to change up your exercise routine for greater fitness gains.
-When you walk backwards, it puts less strain and requires less range of motion from your knee joints, which is useful for people with knee problems or injuries.
-Backward walking may help relieve lower back pain, improve hamstring flexibility, burn more fat and calories in less time than traditional walking, improve balance and even sharpen your thinking skills and vision.
Not to mention, walking backwards gives you a chance to work out all of those muscles in your legs, such as your quadriceps and calves, which take a backseat to your hamstrings and glutes during regular walking. It also works out your hamstrings in a different way, and walking backwards for just 10-15 minutes, four days a week for four weeks has been shown to increase flexibility in your hamstrings.