I've just finished a six-week rehab program for chronic back pain. I'm back to work and feeling good. Do I need to do anything else to keep this good result?
Exercise is becoming recognized as more and more important in good health. Some doctors call exercise a "powerful drug." A fitness program is advised at the end of a rehab program. This can be done at home with the right equipment, in a YMCA, or other fitness center.
Your physical therapist can help you transition from one stage to the next. Your program should include warm-up exercises, an aerobic component, strength training, and endurance. Stretching is also important. New studies suggest that stretching is just as good when done after an exercise program as before.