Exercise is generally perceived as being beneficial for an individual’s overall physical health and mental health. Leading Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon, Dr Michael Wong joins Dave  and says he sees firsthand many people pursuing fitness programs to improve their health, but unfortunately hurting their neck and back after doing exercises incorrectly. Few recover fairly quickly while others end up suffering from chronic back pain, neck pain and arm or leg pain. He shares his advice for Exercise Right Week (20th – 26th May).

 

Key points:

 

  • For those who have injured different body parts, they are likely to suffer pain relapse. It is recommended to go to a multidisciplinary pain clinic with a range of experts such as a Neurosurgeon, Physician and Physiotherapist (like EPC Health) for quick and safe recovery.
  • Simple exercises like walking and swimming are generally good cardiovascular workout for any fitness level.
  • High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is great for young fit individuals and athletes but unsuitable for individuals who are not as fit and spend a lot of time sitting.
  • Fast paced spin classes built on the HIIT concept are also too intense for older people and people not in optimal physical condition. Spin classes can cause too much strain on the joints and contribute to back pain.
  • If the preferred choice of exercise is engaging with a personal trainer for a fitness program, it is ideal to focus on exercises that improve a body’s ability to function in everyday activities.

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