Exercise to Strengthen Muscle in Women Helps with Richmond Back Pain Relief

March 23, 2021

Low back pain in older women requires some attention. Researchers and chiropractic back pain specialists like your Richmond chiropractor at Johnson Chiropractic give it! Women with back pain are a special group of our chiropractic practice with whom we love to work!


A recent report shared that low back pain among older women is linked to abdominal truck muscle weakness. The women described in this study also experienced decreased mobility function. Even their knee extensor muscle strength was weak. What ties these concerns together? Muscle. Researchers described that muscle weakness clearly linked low back pain, malnutrition, and decreased mobility function in older women. The good news was emphasized that exercise enhanced these issues. (1) Johnson Chiropractic  witnesses over and over the benefit of exercise for our Richmond back pain patients.


Richmond chiropractic patients with back pain want pain relief. That is the goal of care. Our patients often try other healthcare options like oral NSAIDs (number needed to treat (NNT) is 7 meaning 7 patients need to be treated for one patient to experience benefit) and SNRIs like duloxetine (NNT: 10) and exercise (NNT: 7). A recent study found that these options many times deliver clinically meaningful pain decrease as demonstrated by the above number-needed-to-treat stats. Which works in the long run though? Exercise. The researchers explained that the only intervention that showed sustained benefit after the study’s intervention time period ended was exercise. (2) We share this to encourage exercise for all our Richmond back pain (and neck pain) patients. Since this is an article focused about women with low back pain, Johnson Chiropractic urges our female patients who are a little older to exercise. It is central to the chiropractic treatment plan that incorporates simple exercises as the beginning point!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Francis Bigas Morales on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she describes treatment of a patient with lumbago and the treatment plan for its relief with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.   

Set up your Richmond chiropractic appointment now.  We specially care for our female patients who have back pain! We will do our part in designing an individualized treatment plan and exercise guide to encourage you to do your part with exercise for optimal back pain relief!

Johnson Chiropractic shares recent research about how beneficial exercise is, especially for older women with back pain.