How Can Suspended Push-Ups Relieve Low Back Pain?

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Two physical therapy studies here suggest push-ups in Redcord suspension slings are superior to ground based push-ups for improving function of the lumbar muscles. Low back pain patients responded well to this type of muscle activation.

Here is a summary of the paper “Muscular Activities During Sling and Ground-based Push-up Exercise” published in BMC Research Notes 2014, 7:192

The study was aimed to compare muscle activities during push-up exercises performed under either sling or ground conditions. The sling-based push-ups were found to induce higher muscle activities than the ground-based push-ups. The effects were more prominent in dynamic exercise, as compared to static exercise. The authors concluded that sling-based push-up exercise can provide greater activation in upper limb and anterior trunk muscles than the ground-based push-up exercise.

Here is a summary of the paper “Effects of ‘Push-ups Plus’ Sling Exercise on Muscle Activation and Cross-sectional Area of the Multifidus Muscle in Patients with Low Back Pain” published in Journal of Physical Therapy Science 2013;25:1575–8

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of lumbar stability exercises on chronic low back pain by using sling exercise and push-ups. Thirty adult subjects with chronic back pain participated, with 10 adults being assigned to each of 3 exercise groups: (1) general physical therapy, (2) lumbar stability using sling exercises, and (3) sling exercise plus push-ups. Each group trained for 30 minutes 3 times a week for 6 weeks.

The findings suggest that sling exercise plus push-ups are effective in activating and improving the function of the lumbar muscles.

Disclaimer:  The views expressed in this article are based on the opinion of the author, unless otherwise noted, and should not be taken as personal medical advice. The information provided is intended to help readers make their own informed health and wellness decisions.

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