When it comes to healing back pain, research shows that active therapy (you working your own muscles) tends to be more beneficial than passive therapy (like massage and spine manipulation), which is particularly effective for reducing symptoms that may be preventing you from getting moving. Certainly, spine manipulation is better than just rest but way second to active therapy. And be patient, since it takes time to build up surrounding muscles. The data suggest that actively exercising the very core muscles that have pain for 20 minutes three times a week for 10 weeks is the fastest way to be pain free for a long time.
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