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Exercising with Lower Back Pain

Increase Strength & Flexibility to Decrease Pain


  • These exercises are almost the same ones that were recommended to my sister after knee replacement. I do agree with the poster that getting on the floor is not always an option. Most can be done on a firm bed or a physical therapist can give you another way to get the same benefit.

    I would like to read more on which gym exercises are safe to do. I went to a women's gym where they told me that there equipment would do no harm to knees or back, but now I have a subluxating patella (dislocating kneecap) and sciatica. PLEASE do not trust a gym instructor to give you advice if you have pain. Most are not certified and not qualified to give you the proper form on machines. Most of the instruction on back and knee exercises do not involve machines. - 5/4/2008 5:17:30 PM
  • Yes...after reading the last post. It probably does depends on What your back problem is, but mine was osteo arthritis in my lower back. It really gave me problems. locking up when i stand,... couldn't bend over well...really slowing me down. Very painful.....THEN...i started working my core and I have had NO back problems since. So I am an advocate of excercise and strength training to help back pain. Mine is gone. I started out slowly at the gym, doing back and stomach machines, then i started taking a kick boxing class and I loved it. Now I am back pain free. I never thought it was possible. :) - 5/3/2008 9:53:14 AM
  • Very good article, I think. I'd like to see some addition about stretching exercises and their effects. To my knowledge daily stretching can lengthen the spinal discs and prevent/lessen pains caused by too thin spinal discs, but I'm an amateur and I'd like to read some professional information about that here on sparkpeople.

    I'm a bit surprised that there are so many comments along the lines of "fashionable explanation" and "I'm not allowed to do this because...". The article stated that the exercises are supposed to help if back pain is caused by weak core muscles, and that medical advice should be asked. - 5/2/2008 3:41:21 PM
  • I broke my back (90 percent dislocation) in a car accident when I was 21. Surgery has corrected the worst of the problems, but my back is still crooked (kyphosis and scoliolis). I have had back pain all my life. A couple of years ago it got so bad that I couldn't feel my right leg. It was because I let myself get out of shape. Because of the crooked spine, it is more important than ever that I exercise, and physical therapists over the years have taught me core strengthening exercises, very similar to those in this article. They work for me. I still take pain medicine, but not nearly as much as I used to. I'm never pain free, but my pain is manageable, and I have all the feeling in my leg!

    If you are not sure, see your doctor. But most people can benefit from these exercises. I do my situps differently. I put both fists on my chin and look straight up at the ceiling as I raise my shoulders off the ground. That protects my neck! - 5/2/2008 8:58:32 AM
    Seems to be fashionable right now to dismiss back pain as a lack of core strength. Maybe it is for some people, but not for everybody. Probably seems like a very simple problem for those who don't have to live with it every day. Core exercises are great, but don't expect a "cure" for chronic backache. I can't even get a diagnosis for mine. If I get told to do these exercises one more time by a medical "professional" who doesn't know or care what's wrong with me, I'll scream! - 5/2/2008 8:09:09 AM
  • I have lower back pain, b/c I have a deformed backbone and did not know about it until I had to get it checked by a specialist about 5 yrs ago. I knew about the pain and the other I did not know. I can not sit straight up, so it looks like I'm slouching all the time. I had tried sit straight, but it hurts too much. - 5/1/2008 10:10:44 PM
  • I have had a lot of back pain in the last year - I've had to visit the chiropractor as an emergency more than once. In February I bought an iGallop after consulting with the chiro and it has been incredibly good at relaxing my lower back spasms and has also improved my posture amazingly - and in six weeks I lost an inch from my waist even though I didn't lose weight during that time. Provided you don't have physical damage (disc luxation, torn ligaments, arthritis, etc) I'd recommend it. But yes, talk to your health professional first if in doubt. - 5/1/2008 7:33:52 PM
  • I expect that for every 100 people who suffer from lower back pain there are less than 10 for whom there's a medical issue that would preclude these exercises. For those 10, they should consult with a doctor or even better, a physical therapist. For the vast majority of people with this problem, these exercises will help fix the issue. I had a lot of back problems when I weighed 359. At 250 and after lots of exercise to drop that weight I don't have the back issues anymore. I agree that it's important to be intentional about strengthening your core and lower back muscles so that the back is properly supported muscularly. Blessings - William - 5/1/2008 7:18:06 PM
  • Anyone who has serious low back problems, i.e. degenerating discs, arthritis in the spine, bulging discs, etc., should NEVER embark on an exercise program without first checking with the doctor who is taking care of the back problem. Some back exercises can actually make the problem with the back much worse.

    I had an injury to my low back in August 1980, and I've put up with worsening back problems since that time. There are many exercises I have been told NOT to do because I run the risk of reinjuring the area. - 5/1/2008 6:00:19 PM
  • Jibbie,
    I thought I was the only one knowing about Ms. Priscella. She is wonderful. I get so much pleasure & sense of calmness when I watch/participate with her. I need to order some of her things.
    Siouxsee - 3/20/2008 1:05:09 PM
  • Great article. Priscilla Patrick who taught YOGA on PBS-TV has good videos on Back Pain. Her site is at I like her because she is 63 and in wonderful shape after teaching yoga for 35 years. - 3/20/2008 12:08:23 AM
  • DOXIEMOM1950
    How do you do back exercises when you can not get on the floor really bad knees.? - 3/19/2008 11:34:24 PM
  • my low back hurts me alot. i have to stop and stretch it between exercises and when i'm on the treadmill, but i don't give up! these exercises sound - 1/31/2008 10:19:55 PM
  • I know what exercises I will be trying tonight. Everytime I work out my back kills afterwards. - 1/31/2008 11:28:22 AM
  • These exercises sound very good. I have arthritis in my back at the age of 32. Two years ago, the pain was so incredible that I had to walk on a cane. I had to have go through physical therapy and they had me perform similiar exercises and tons of pilates! (I didn't want to get on pain meds!) Everytime I walk, I suck in my tummy. This helps to build core muscles and takes pressure off the lower back! Today, I can walk 6 miles and feel good! - 1/31/2008 10:15:36 AM

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