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Exercising with Lower Back Pain

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I have been suffering from lower back pain for a long time. I could only run upto 3k and took me 2 or 3 days to recover before my next run. My sciatica bothered me a lot. I went to a chiropractor and his treatments helped me tremendously. After 3 month's treatment all my pain was gone. Now I run 5 days a week and doing 4 k per day. No pills required... Report
I find the legs up a wall a good exercise to do for stretching away the low back ache. Report
Woke up this morning practically immobile with Sciatica from keeping my grandbaby on Saturday. Even taking anti-inflammatory pills and it matters little. All this from being unable to exercise after gallbladder surgery. *SIGH* Report
This is a really great article! I made a copy to use. Report
Thanks for your leg lift exercise suggestions. When I do it I normally lift both legs and try to keep them from touching the floor until I have completed a set of 15. I will try adding just lifting one at a time and holding it to my work out. It will probably be harder that what I am currently doing. Report
I have just recovered from back pain. My Doctor gave me some of these exercises. She also added bird dog which really helped increase range of motion & strength. But they need to be done in order to be able to do them. Report
I agree with your statement "check with your Dr first". I am not allowed any form of sit up.
Leg lifts,yes and other that would not stress the back. I also agree with try to keep moving (circulation). thanks for the input.
I have degenerative spine pain and fibromygia had both of these sice 1998 it hasn't got any better just gets worse my doctor told me if I didn't use it I will lose it he was telling I had to stop sitting and laying around cause I was in pain so I did I joined the Y and I also went thru therapy for 6 weeks then had to go some where else to take pool therapy it started helping at that point I now can walk thru the grocery store and don't have to leave before I get what I went after I also had 4 back and 2 neck surgerys I also had a back stimulater put in my back I have only been at the Y for a few days now but looking forward to getting better I know I will never get back the way I was but if I can go walking and get out and enjoy life I am going to do what I have to so I can enjoy life with my friends and family Report
I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease in the cervical disc area in the fall of 2013 but have been able to do aerobics and yoga with no problems. This past year severe pain struck me in the lower spine and MRI showed a bulging disc in the thoracic area. I took physical therapy to teach me good exercising and strengthening methods and has really helped. I do Hatha yoga now with Pilates and has done wonders for me. I just underwent the epidural steroid injection in my tail bone due to nerve endings being irritated. I had wanted to do Zumba but now know this isn't safe. I will continue my yoga and Pilates as these are safe and gives a wonderful workout. Report
I too cannot get on the floor and never will be able to do so. I will start doing some of the other exercises mentioned though. I wonder if doing the floor exercises would be OK to do while in bed? Report
I need to do something about my back pain, it's preventing me from working out. I'm trying to do some yoga stretches, I'm hoping that helps. I'll try doing some leg raises and see if that helps out my problem too, thanks for all the great advice! Report
I think it's strange that most of these exercises require lying on your back. I can't lie on my back due to the lower back pain, and I'm sure this is not unusual. That being said, the others exercises look promising. Currently, I am doing some of the chair/seated exercises available, and although I'm sore, they are doable. Report
my lower back pain started when I gained weight so I know what to do,,,, but now I just have to do it, I am going to try the back exercises listed in the article and I am excited to see how they work for me! Report
NJFIEBELKORN the best resource I have found in the last five years. I too have backpain, and it is hard to do some exercises, but your website reaches out to every type of person with real excuses to not exercise. Nicole's demonstrations are so clear, and I even told my PT people about you. You do have info that follows their programs. Keep up the great support. NF Report
Thanks for sharing Report

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