Running exercise strengthens the intervertebral disc!
Great news for runners! A team of researchers at Deakin University, Australia has become the first study to demonstrate a positive effect of fast walking and/or slow running on the health of the intervertebral disc in human adults.
Research conducted in 2017 showed that regular running in men and women is associated with better IVD composition (hydration and proteoglycan content) and with I.V.D. hypertrophy. The study found that accelerations at fast walking and slow running (2 m/s) had a positive effect on disc health. Although more research is needed on this topic the study suggests that high-impact exercises, lower intensity walking or static positions did not have the same positive effect on the disc.