Member Comments for the Article:

Exercising with Lower Back Pain

Increase Strength & Flexibility to Decrease Pain

171 Comments

Leave a Comment Return to Article
  • MAWBRET
    Being challenged with lower back pain and arthritis , I was very happy to receive these simple exercises . Maybe if they work, I will be able to go back to treadmilling and walking.
  • I'm glad to see a few easy-to-remember exercises that actually strengthen the muscles needed to help lower back pain.
  • ICECHIPZ
    Another terrific exercise I learned for my stomach/abs is the belly button exercise. This is going to sound silly, but really it is a good core exercise.

    You're trying to move you're belly button, up, down and to each side. There are muscles there. If you pull in the muscle at the top (right under the ribs) that's the "up" ... bottom muscle is the down and yes there are one each on the side.

    You can do this exercise at any time...

    Another great class at your YMCA is Deep Water Aqua jog. It's an aerobics class in the water where you hang suspended by a belt (sort of like you use in water skiing). I have found when my back bothers me, hangin in the water helps... plus water exercise is easier on the joints/back... and strengthens the same as the exercise in this article. We do leg circles, scissors, leg lifts.

    I haven't lost a lot of weight... maybe 8-10 pounds... but I've tightened up... but I've been at a year now.
  • HANKFRANK
    These really work. They helped me!!
  • Once I'm able to do more exercise again these sound like some good ideas :)

    My doctor had me stop physical therapy in December because of my back issues...I was told if I keep trying to move so much the discs in my back will rupture faster and without insurance right now I can't be speeding that up.......not that I'd want to with insurance but once I get better these will be some things I'll be able to do again :)
  • AUNTIEDAVE
    Very interesting article. I have had back surgery twice. Had a herniated disk. Had surgery and . . . it came back. Had surgery again and have had minimal problems since then. If I sit for too long or in the wrong type of chair it takes me a bit of time to be able to totally stand up straight. Also, cannot lift anything heavy. Would love to learn mover aobut the inversion board.
  • As someone with skeletal problems (extra disc that isn't shut all the way, as well as degenerative disc disease), I highly recommend that everyone check with a doctor FIRST. Many people don't even know that they have structural problems, and treat their back pain as muscle weakness without ever seeing a doctor.

    Please - if it hurts, see a doctor. They may very well give you these exercises to follow (mine did), but you need to know when to ease off and go with ice or heat, rather than more exercise.
  • Thank you very much for this very useful article. I've been trying to get out walking to start a new fitness regime, and the back pain is nearly inhibiting me from doing it. I will be using these exercises, you bet!
  • I've had lower back pain for a while now. X-rays show that the bottom disk, which is fused to my hop bone, is tilted and twisted. It never came up as a problem before since I was a swimmer from age 5 on. The doctor said that the because of the swimming, my back was straight above the bottom 6" or so. The athletics also kept the muscles around the problem area strong so I had no pain. Now I'm older and the pain is getting worse. I'll have some relief once I loose weight and re-strengthen my core.

    Two things help me IMMENSLEY (not including the Advil):
    1) my gravity inversion bench - its a Yukon (http://www.zearth.com/Yukon_Fitness___TBS
    _212___Total_Back_System_Inversion_Hyp
    erextension_Bench___Black___Gray___Fol
    ding-P3336.aspx);
    2) my Yoga Zione DVD - Yoga for a Strong and Healthy Back.
    I'd be lost without them.
  • I have lower back pain too but it's suspiciously close to the spot where I had my epidural when giving birth to both my kids.. Talked to the OB about it and he said it probably would never go away, but if it worsen to go back to him and whatnot..

    It never did worsen but it never did go away either so I will definitely try the stretching and all and see if it eases up some.

    Great article ! :)
  • Good Article...Gave me some good tips to use! Thank You!
  • Good Article...Gave me some good tips to use! Thank You!
  • Great article I have tried some od these and I guess the key is not to over do it. It does help, that is if they are done right or it will do more harm than good, So take it easy and give it a try.
  • This is a great article. I have deg. joint disease with some compression involving the L4-5 area and SI Joint. Am under a surgeoun and pain management doctor's care and doing Physical theray 3x a week. The excersises here of some of the same that I do in PT, I'm just starting over again after having an injection that only worked for about a week. I also get the stimulater (TENS) and ultrasound massage). It is helping! I am also losing weight thanks to sparkpoints. Yea!!!
  • LUVZABQ
    I REALLY LOVE THIS ARTICLE. THANK YOU!

Comment Pages (12 total)
« First ‹ Prev. 7891011 Next › Last »
Leave a comment


  Log in to leave a comment.