Exercise for pain relief

Specific exercises to increase muscle strength may help to relieve long-term back pain caused by compression fractures in the spine, and improve your posture.

Broken bones that occur in the spine - vertebral compression fractures - can cause back pain due to irritation of the nerves and muscles around the site of the fracture.

It is generally agreed that in the early stages, whilst healing takes place, rest with gentle movement is best. After healing, it is important to regain mobility to prevent further loss of strength in the muscles that support the spine.

Select an exercise or activity below to find out more. More details can be found in the exercise and osteoporosis booklet.

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  • The 'cat'
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Pilates
  • Tai Chi
  • Water exercises
  • Yoga