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Exercising with Lower Back Pain

Increase Strength & Flexibility to Decrease Pain

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  • I think these exercises are a good start. Some of these were recommended by my physical therapist and they help a lot. - 7/3/2008 10:49:20 PM
  • Great article. - 6/17/2008 11:06:18 AM
  • Exercise is absolutely great for the back but be ever so cautious. I had a herniated disk and my MRI showed a deterioration of the lowest disk next the the siatic nerve. I was put on an exercise plan which led to a hospital stay in traction. The one exercise I will not ever do again is lay on your back and lift your legs, great for the stomach total bad for the lower back. - 6/14/2008 7:42:10 PM
  • Exercise is absolutely great for the back but be ever so cautious. I had a herniated disk and my MRI showed a deterioration of the lowest disk next the the siatic nerve. I was put on an exercise plan which led to a hospital stay in traction. The one exercise I will not ever do again is lay on your back and lift your legs, great for the stomach total bad for the lower back. - 6/14/2008 7:41:32 PM
  • FiggyKitty,

    You are an inspiration. I have always had back weakness and recently hurt it again, but this time something was way different - I could tell by the lasting pain. Well, an MRI confirmed it, I have 4 disc herniations and 2 disc bulges. Thankfully, the pain is finally easing off and I can sit and stand longer these days, although, not as much as I used to be able to do. I stopped exercising and have gained 15 pounds. I was letting my fear of the pain and re-injuring my back keep me from exercising. I gotta get back up and start from scratch. Thanks so much for sharing and bringing it home that I can get back to where I was (or at least back to the road I was on) before. - 6/11/2008 5:52:44 PM
  • THERESE.VANA
    This was a fine article for people who have lower back pain due to weak abdominal muscles. I recently developed lower back pain due to what i hope is a minor injury. I purchased a new, bigger shopping cart, which I think is too large for me to use at it's maximum capacity. It's nearly shoulder height on me and I'm 5'3". Sometimes the best thing to do is simply to take it easy and wait. - 6/1/2008 2:07:00 AM
  • DEBKANGEL
    Hi everyone i enjoy reading all the messages they are great and help me to deal with my stress back and ankle problems the info i get from all of u are great and i am so glad i found this great site i tell all my friends about it the water excerises really help and u dont even feel the pain when u are in the water and it makes me feel good about myself thanks so much. - 5/19/2008 9:36:56 PM
  • It amazes me how many causes for back pain there are. I've had problems since I was a child. Then 2 years ago I helped the well guy to pull out our 650 foot well pump...2 discs, L4 & L5 burst out. At the time I was working out 5-6 days a week and could do countless crunches and side crunches. I had rock hard muscles everywhere. I was wearing a little bit of protective "clothing" (fat) over those muscles but they were certainly there. Then I just stopped exercising and that's when it all went down hill. Those discs caused so much pain and agony. House bound, couldn't walk, had 6 months phys therapy and nothing helped. I never picked up exercising again because of fear, as was said many times here. I finally had surgery in November and today I am in the same amount of pain as I was before the surgery. Not because the surgery wasn't a success but because I am so weak. I have no strength anywhere. I have been walking in fear but after reading what you all have said I' made the decision to make a decision! I'm back on my treadmill tomorrow morning. No sugar or starches. I'm going to start upper body strength and will work with my Chiro on the best core stuff. It does work. It will work again for me. I won't give up because of fear anymore. I hate being in pain all the time.
    So, here's to hope and certainty that these exercises will work!!

    - 5/19/2008 12:06:37 AM
  • Miss - Sciatica - I find if I lay on my stomach, arms to my sides - and raise my head up and backwards - causing my back to arch backwards - hold for a count of 5 - then down again - repeating about 6 times - it gives me some relief. A physical therapist friend showed it to me.
    I used to have it constant and sort of drug my left leg but met a chiropractor that did pressure point and he fixed it up right away. I just can't get to him or afford him all the time! But it has never gotten that bad again.
    But try that backwards arch thing and good luck! - 5/18/2008 11:01:16 PM
  • MISSWRITE
    I have sciatica that came on early in my weight-loss program with heavy exercising. Is there any particular exercise you could recommend to help relieve the nerve pressure? - 5/18/2008 6:37:50 PM
  • Good article. I have scoliosis and had two C-sections. I deal with constant lower back pain and cannot do many types of exercises. I will ask my doctor and chiropractor about doing these exercises. Thank you! - 5/18/2008 4:14:49 PM
  • I enjoyed reading this article and will ask for my healthcare providers advice before proceeding with these exercises. I have 2 torn discs, L4-L5 and L5-S1. I am waiting for surgery but have to lose weight first. I don't know if I am capable of doing these exercises or not. Thank you though, it is very informative. - 5/18/2008 3:21:49 PM
  • Excellent article. I have a herniated disk which had me bed bound for 2 months - I could barely walk without someone physically assisting me. I saw a chirorpractor who began me on low rep floor exercies for my core and upper back exercies on the wall. That was eight months ago. In February I began seeing a PT as well as my chiropractor on a weekly basis, they both concentrated on exercising my core, manipulating and massage. With their assistance and my almost daily core exercises I am now able to walk at least 4 times a week! It is not all plain sailing as some days I am bed bound and yes I get caught out with the pain at the oddest of times but my point is that depending on the problem, it is possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle in spite of back problems. Fear is what can inhibit us from 'testing' our limitations but provided you have medical consultation I would encourage exercise accordingly. - 5/18/2008 2:56:37 PM
  • REMODELME
    Water therapy is the best and most painfree option people with back problems can try. I have been working on myself at a special gym where they hold easier classes for arthritis, fibromyalgia, maternity and accident victims for 5 years now and am at least 10 times stronger and as limber as a child. Although I am not pain free and still take meds, especially in order to keep active, the important factor according to my physician is the activity. I lock up when I must miss. Just to keep us all honest, I will mention my problems. I crushed my second lumbar vertebrae and have a three level spinal fusion. I need to have a three level fusion on my neck and have blow the disc. between 6 and 7. I have received many cortisone treatments and nerve blocks on my lower 4/5 and think I just blew that disc. I have severe osteoarthritis and was losing my right leg and had become pre diabetic before I began swimming. I have Restless Leg Syndrome and nerve conduction problems from surgeries and a minor spinal deformity. I have shrunk 2.5 inches th 4ft 11in. I can't eat more than 1000 cal a day without gaining weight. Guess what, if you saw me you would think I was absolutely normal, except when I get tired I lean forward a little! I should lose 20 lbs. I will be 57 July 29th. Don't quit people. If all you do is go to a gym or public pool and walk in the water it will help you. That is how I started. Now I swim 20 laps and do gentle water aerobics. It could save your life and will give you hope. - 5/18/2008 1:33:03 PM
  • VERY GOOD TOPIC. BUT I HAVE HERNIATED BULDEING DISKS AND ARTHERITIS AND I AM IN CONSTANT BAD PAIN THAT HAS TOTALY CHANGED MY LIFE FOR WORSE. I AM BECOMING HOME BOUND DUE TO PAIN AND STIFFNESS. CAN'T TAKE PAIN PILLS ALLERGIC TO ABOUT EVERY THING. MY HAVE TO HAVE EPIDERAL S AND SURE DON'T LIKE THAT IDEA NEXT THING THEY SAY IS SURGERY. I'VE AD ENOUGH OF THOSE ELSE WHERE. DR. SAID MAYBE THERAPTY. BUT THE THERAPIST DIDN'T BELIEVE THE OTHER DR'S SAYING I HAVE HERNIATED BULDGEING DISKS EVEN THO THE XRAYS AND MRI SHOWES IT.. I HAVE HAD THIS SINCE I WAS IN MY LATE 20'S AND IN LAST FEW YRS IT HAS BECAME SEVERE. GAINED 100 LBS AND HAVE A LARGE ABODMAN IN WHICH I NEER HAD ONE. ALL WT GAIN STARTED IN 2000. AFTER I WAS DIGNOISED WITH DIABETES. I'M SCARED OF EXERCISE AS I DAILY LIVE WITH SEVERE PAIN. WISHS AND BLESSINGS TO ALL - 5/18/2008 12:28:22 PM

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