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Digital Subscriptions > Women’s Running > November 2018 > BACK PAIN

BACK PAIN

Most of us will suffer from simple back pain at some point in our lives. Whilst running during severe pain is not recommended, leading an active life will help to reduce the risk of developing back pain.

More info: nhs.More info: nhs.uk/conditions/back-pain

MAIN CONCERNS Doing more harm than good. Triggering pain. Managing pain. Poor running posture.

Ann Currie almost gave up on exercise in her 20s when she was struggling with longterm back pain. She’s now a run leader and triathlete. Here are her tips:

1. Persevere in seeking the right help. I had to be persistent in asking for help; my GP was very dismissive initially. Eventually I was referred to a back pain management programme, which was a breakthrough in my recovery.

2. Don’t see your body or the pain as the enemy. Focus on your good days and what your body can do. Now I’m older, I appreciate that my body has done some amazing things such as ultramarathons and triathlons. I’m proud that I successfully carried my twins to term in a healthy pregnancy.

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