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Exercising with Lower Back Pain

Increase Strength & Flexibility to Decrease Pain


  • I like this. Simple exercises and they seemed to help the first time I did them. I have a leg length discrepancy. - 8/5/2010 7:12:46 PM
  • I started having horrible back pain in Sept of 09 and couldn't walk for about 2 weeks. I went to a chiro and he showed me some exercises to do with a stability ball. Even walking when your back is sore is better than nothing. Laying around made it worse for me. I haven't had any significant back issues since joining the Y and working on my core a lot. I JUST pulled a muscle in the middle of my back a few days ago (what gives!) so I'm dealing with that right now but my lower back has been great. - 8/2/2010 3:41:52 PM
  • I have severe degenerative spinal stenosis. The lowest disc in my back was surgically removed about 25 years ago. The two above that one are slipped and herniated. I also have had a lot of surgeries on both knees. Right now, I am basically pain free, and walking primarily for one reason. AQUATIC THERAPY. I exercise my lower body in the pool three times a week for about 45 minutes each time. The first time I did this, before I went into the water, I could not walk upright - those of you with a bad back know exactly what I mean. I was using a cane not only for support but to keep my balance. After 45 minutes of gentle exercise in the water, I got out of the water, was totally astounded to find myself walking upright and without ANY back or knee pain. Get a book on aquatic therapy, join a health club, or have your MD prescribe aquatic therapy to get you started. I consider pool therapy my mobility pill, and take it 3 times a week. it works and there are no bad side effects. - 5/16/2010 12:58:32 PM
  • A move or two that was not already given to me by my therapist. Thanks for the tips. I am not able to do crunches (too much pain). The thing I try to focus on most is making sure that I engage my abdomen when I walk, drive in the car, am on the computer, etc. - 4/22/2010 9:11:33 PM
  • Nice article, but it assumes that all lower back pain is caused by abdominal weakness, and the exercises seem focused on that particular problem. I have lower back pain that will recur if I don't do yoga on a regular basis. The yoga stretches do involve some abdominal work, but mostly they stretch the back itself. Standing forward bends, triangle, downward facing dog, child's pose, and twists are particularly helpful. When I do them, my back pain almost disappears. - 4/18/2010 8:49:42 PM
  • A great article. I am going to start today! - 4/15/2010 11:08:44 AM
    Good article. since I started doing exercises I have less back pain. - 4/7/2010 11:58:04 AM
    I have done the back exercises for two days. I feel that they will help strengthen the muscles in my back and gluets and thighs, Since I had knee replacement 5 yrs ago I have let myself go. Good ideas in the article. - 3/21/2010 7:14:27 PM
  • I had severe sciatic pain for 6 months about a year and a half ago. After some injections, I really began to focus on stretching & strengthening legs & core. That helped a lot, but another huge thing that has made me almost pain free is focusing on my glutes - leg presses, one legged squats, stationary lunges have pretty much fixed my lower back pain. Keep up the leg & ab work, but put in some work to those glutes - it's all tied in. - 2/11/2010 9:48:45 PM
    My aerobic instructor had the class do wall slides and I injured a disc in my back and was in debilitating pain for seven months. This is really an advanced move and shouldn't be done if you suspect you might have any disc problems. - 2/11/2010 11:18:19 AM
  • I started working on my lower back 4 weeks ago. Although my back is still stiff most of the time, it is, at least, not sore. I have experienced increased mobility and have had pain free days. These exercises will help add to what I am already doing so I can change up and not have to do the same exercises every workout. - 2/11/2010 8:49:21 AM
  • I had trouble with my sacroiliac each time I got pregnant. I was gven exercises similar to this, and they really did make a big improvement! - 2/10/2010 8:59:53 PM
  • This is definitely one for the favorite file! After all the snow we've had in the Philadelphia area this season, the backs are going to be sore for a while.! - 2/10/2010 2:18:46 PM
  • This is a really good article. My back has been hurting quite a bit lately and now I understand more why that may be. I am definitely going to try the exercises suggested. Thank you for this article. - 2/10/2010 1:33:33 PM
  • Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This is the best article I've read about lower back pain, plus I just love that it includes actual exercises. - 2/10/2010 1:30:14 PM

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