As a personal trainer, I see a lot of clients with low back pain. Is there something more than aerobic and strength training that I can do to help them?

Chances are, you're already doing a lot. Low back pain can be seen as an imbalance between what people can handle and what is asked of them in their daily lives. When people have more activities than they can realistically do, or when they don't have the strength they need to do tasks, low back pain can result.

One way to keep people "in balance" is to improve their sense of what their bodies can do. Once people are in tune to signals of being overloaded--or signals that they could actually do a little more--they're more likely to respond to the demands of their environment in safe, healthy ways.

With this in mind, your training can help "balance" clients with low back pain in a few ways. First, it improves clients' physical capabilities. This makes them better able to meet the tasks of their daily lives. Second, by asking clients to "check in" with how their bodies are feeling, personal training makes clients more aware of the protective signals the body may be sending. This awareness may help clients avoid the overload that leads to ongoing back pain.

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