From this Science News article Use Weights, Not Aerobics, To Ease Back Pain, Study Suggests:
It was 16 week study using two different modalities to ease back pain. One group exercise used dumbbells, barbells and other load-bearing exercise equipment, and the other group chose aerobic training such as jogging, walking on a treadmill or using an elliptical machine.
The weight training group experienced a 60 percent decrease in back pain, while the aerobic group experienced a 12 percent decrease in back pain.
The researcher concludes: “Any activity that makes you feel better is something you should pursue, but the research indicates that we get better pain management results from resistance training. The extra benefits stem from using the whole-body approach required in resistance training, We tried to strengthen the entire body and by doing that, we decreased the fatigue people felt throughout the day. They were better able to perform their activities of daily living."
This research shows that strength training can ease back pain. I believe that the real added value of strength training lies in the fact that a stronger body is less likely to have back pain to begin with. With the right equipment one can experience dramatic increases in back strength.
At Austin Personal Trainers and New Orleans Personal Trainers we have extensive lines of MedX rehabilitative and exercise equipment. It was developed by Arthur Jones (inventor of Nautilus), It is the most technologically advanced fitness, sports and medical/rehabilitation equipment available. On one machine alone, the lumbar exercise machine, Jones reportedly spent 100 million dollars on its development.
People wait until they are plagued by chronic back pain before they do something about. In 2005 Americans spent $85.9 billion looking for relief from back and neck pain. We think a better solution is to be proactive and get your back stronger and lessen the likelihood of future back pain.