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Exercising with Lower Back Pain

Increase Strength & Flexibility to Decrease Pain

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  • My old sensei used to extol the virtues of a strong pelvic girdle (musculature) to help the back. - 3/24/2012 11:42:50 PM
  • CGIVANS
    I agree with hula hooping. :) I hoop at least 15 minutes a day. I did notice that it made it worse the first couple of days, but now my back pain is better, and it's only been a couple of weeks. It might also be worth mentioning that the wrong mattress can REALLY cause back problems. I just traded out my old mattress because I found some info on the site http://www.qmattresses.com/. Now I sleep better and I wake up with less pain. I figured it was worth a try and I am so glad I did! - 1/16/2012 12:50:30 AM
  • SCHELLENBERG2
    As a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Pilates Instructor I find that although these exercises are great as outlined, most people with back pain should not be doing them without guidance and proper instruction. It cannot be understated how much people with back pain need to gain core strength. The concern is that they are doing exercises with correct form. Incorrect form can actually make back pain worse instead of better. If you suffer from back pain then visit a professional. Check out their qualifications and ensure you're seeing someone who has more than a weekend certification course. You only get one body in this lifetime. It's well worth it to have someone show you proper exercise techniques to keep that body in it's best shape possible. - 1/10/2012 12:09:33 PM
  • Just what I needed - thanks! But for the Wall Slides, which my chiropractor called Wall Sitting, he said it's important to keep the knees behind the toes (i.e. lower legs must remain vertical) to keep from damaging the knees. - 9/17/2011 2:29:02 AM
  • SHURA107
    This is very good, thank you. - 9/16/2011 12:07:37 PM
  • VWATSAP
    I have had hip replacement surgery. Most of these exercises would be OK for me but I wish there would be some mention made about exercises being safe for people like me to do. - 9/16/2011 7:40:44 AM
  • Hula hooping helps my back after a hard day at work. Love it! - 9/16/2011 4:16:43 AM
  • I'd actually like to see an exercise video demonstrating the correct way to get up off the floor and to get out of bed without hurting our backs. I'm not really able to picture in my mind's eye what is stated in the description used in the article. I remember having to figure out ways of getting out of bed when I had my c-section after birth of my son, since it hurt so much and I was nursing my son. Our bed is raised about 6 inches or so with those bed risers, which makes getting in and out of bed a little more interesting... Thanks.
    - 3/20/2011 3:36:44 PM
  • I'd actually like to see an exercise video demonstrating the correct way to get up off the floor and to get out of bed without hurting our backs. I'm not really able to picture in my mind's eye what is stated in the description used in the article. I remember having to figure out ways of getting out of bed when I had my c-section after birth of my son, since it hurt so much and I was nursing my son. Our bed is raised about 6 inches or so with those bed risers, which makes getting in and out of bed a little more interesting... Thanks.
    - 3/20/2011 3:36:38 PM
  • I'd actually like to see an exercise video demonstrating the correct way to get up off the floor and to get out of bed without hurting our backs. I'm not really able to picture in my mind's eye what is stated in the description used in the article. I remember having to figure out ways of getting out of bed when I had my c-section after birth of my son, since it hurt so much and I was nursing my son. Our bed is raised about 6 inches or so with those bed risers, which makes getting in and out of bed a little more interesting... Thanks.
    - 3/20/2011 3:36:18 PM
  • I think this list of exercises would work only if your lower back pain is very very minor. Mine can be slight at times, worse others. The last thing I can do is lay on my back and lift legs up to 45 degree angle. I am lucky if I can even put legs down flat on the floor. I think exercise is the key and you do need to move and strengthen core. Just be very very careful you are not making the back pain worse. - 3/16/2011 8:58:44 AM
  • Great article. I have cyatica, and a thinned disk in my lower back and two in my neck, and they can all be very painful. I can say that exercise has helped this pain to be greatly reduced. As first I was scared to upset my back, but everytime I took a break from exercise to "baby" it, the pain got worse. I would encourage everyone w/ back pain, to first consult your doctor so you know your personal do's and don't and then work it out - 3/15/2011 10:46:27 PM
  • Good reading. - 3/15/2011 1:09:03 PM
  • AYAHEART
    Good article. These exercises work for me.
    I was getting lower back pain on one side and slight pain in one of my knees. However since I have started regular weight training, pilates and yoga earlier this year, my pain is gone and my stamina is increased. - 3/15/2011 11:37:42 AM
  • I have been told before that I needed to strengthen my core and I've been having some bad back and hip pain this past week. I think I'm going to give these exercises a shot! - 3/15/2011 8:00:09 AM

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