A new study was recently done by researchers at CEU Carenal Herrera University in Valencia, Spain.
The researchers looked at rocker bottom shoes and their effects on improving trunk muscles and lumbar stability in patients with chronic lower back pain (CLBP).
What they found was that to compensate for the “unstable shoes”, patients’ back muscles increased in strength in order to maintain balance and stability when walking. This led to a decrease in lower back pain over 4 weeks when patients used the shoes for at least 6 hours every day.
More research may be needed to corroborate these results, although past studies had already demonstrated some benefit for lower back pain. Nevertheless, this could prove as another useful tool for reducing chronic lower back pain in patients everywhere.
If you would like to find out more, please take a look at the study in the journal Clinical Rehabilitation.
Questions: Do you often get back pain? What do you use to alleviate it — insoles, medication patches? How much do you walk every day?
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