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Exercising with Lower Back Pain

Increase Strength & Flexibility to Decrease Pain


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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A great article. I am going to start today!
    Good article. since I started doing exercises I have less back pain.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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!
  • 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.!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I feel off a 40ft cliff when I was 19 and fractured my 5th lumbar as a result. I have back pain from time to time because of it and can't wait to start working these into my daily routine! Thanks for the help!
    I have had 3 spinal surgeries and thought I would be disabled for the rest of my life. I was suicidal at one point. These types of exercises helped me tremendously. Now I am jogging, hiking, biking and leading a normal life. What this article didn't mention is reading scriptures and trusting Christ as your healer. Which is the real cause of my success.
  • Thank you for a wonderful article and exercise ideas. I have suffered lower back pain for many years and worried about too much stress on my back. I now believe it is sure to my weak stomach. Can't wait to get home and try the exercises.

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