Back school / back training

Back school or back training is intended to alleviate or prevent the common ailment of back pain. But what exactly are back school and back training, how do they work, what is done and when are they used?

What is back school/back training?

One of the most common complaints is back pain. In most cases, it is caused by incorrect posture. And weak muscles are partly to blame. Strong back muscles, on the other hand, help to maintain the correct posture even when working at a desk for long periods of time, relieve pressure on the spine and especially on the intervertebral discs. Back training therefore starts with strengthening the important back and abdominal muscles. The back school goes beyond the actual training in its objectives. Here, affected persons learn to move in a back-friendly way in everyday life and to relax in time.

How does back school/back training work?

The common goal of back school and back training is to correct poor posture and to alleviate or prevent back pain. To this end, the necessary knowledge about the musculoskeletal system is taught and the muscles are strengthened through regular training.

What is done in back school/back training?

While patients in back school gain insight into the function of the musculoskeletal system and learn how to integrate relaxation techniques and preventive measures into their everyday lives, the focus of classic back training is on building up the musculature. In a training plan tailored to individual needs, the following measures occur most frequently:

  • Mobilization exercises
  • Stretching exercises
  • Coordination exercises
  • Strength training
  • Rotation exercises
  • Balance exercises
  • Vibration

Through these exercises all important muscles up to the deep musculature are considered. The exercises can be done without and with equipment. Commonly used equipment includes exercise ball, dumbbells, rowing machine and elastic band.

When to use back school/back training?

Back training is suitable for treating existing problems as well as preventing back pain. Most commonly, back training and back school are used for:

  • Injuries and diseases of the spine
  • Herniated disc
  • poor posture
  • after operations
  • frequent tensions

Important for the success of the back training is the regular and clean execution of the exercises in sufficient repetition. The patient is accompanied by the therapist during the preparation of the training plan and the monitoring of the execution.

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