As a Sydney CBD & Waterloo chiropractor, I often get asked what is the best form of exercise for back pain & sciatica. The good news is, generally speaking they all work as equally well as each other. One study looked at two types of specific low back stability exercise’s versus general exercise prescribed by a physical therapist and found one was not superior over the other when reducing low back pain & were all equally effective.(Unsgaard-Tøndel 2010) These findings were similar to another article published this year that looked the difference’s in lumbopelvic stabilty (low back stabilty) outcomes when it came to core specific exercises versus general exercise and found that there was no differences between the two when looking at disability & pain in chronic low back pain.(Shamsi 2016) Both these studies found generally speaking no matter what exercise that was performed there was an overall improvement in back pain. In a systematic review,which is where researchers look at all the available research on the the topic concluded that “There is strong evidence stabilisation exercises are not more effective than any other form of active exercise in the long term” (Smith 2014)
The benefits from exercising may be more of a result from general movement & leisure time rather than specific techniques. That’s why I generally recommend people choose the most accessible & affordable option, the one they enjoy doing the most & obviously one that doesn’t aggravate there back pain.