Low back pain is a very common disease, but still quite a challenge to treat.
In this study, a group of patients with chronic low back pain was assigned to a weekly session of climbing, for 8 weeks.
The outcome was a significant difference for this group - versus the control group - regarding pain level. MRI analysis also showed a reduction in size of initial disc protrusion.
The possible reasons for these results are that climbing offers the potential to improve posture, perception of the trunk midline, and muscle control. It may also lead to a good adherence to continuing treatment due to a more exciting aspect of this sports activity.
All in all, climbing may be an effective, low-cost alternative option for people suffering from chronic low back pain.
Source :Schinhan, M., Neubauer, B., Pieber, K., Gruber, M., Kainberger, F., Castellucci, C., … Sabeti-Aschraf, M. (2015). Climbing has a positive impact on low back pain: A prospective Randomized controlled trial. Clinical journal of sport medicine : official journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine., 26(3), 199–205.