Exercises and Stretches for Low Back Pain

Written by Jonathan

Exercises and Stretches for Low Back Pain

There are a couple different types of low back pain, acute low back pain which is usually caused by some sort of injury or ‘single’ incident and chronic back pain which is this daily pain that just always seems to be there usually from a previous injury or as something that has built up over time from consistent awkward postures. If you’re not sure which of these is right for you watch both videos and make a decision for yourself using your best discretion. If your doctor, chiropractor, physiotherapist, kinesiologist or other health practitioner has told you to avoid any of these exercises then don’t do them. These are exercises that will help the vast majority of people, but they’re not for everyone if you have stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, a spinal fracture or are in spinal traction you should consult with your doctor first.

Acute Low Back Pain

These exercises and stretches will help you if you recently hurt your back lifting something up off the floor by bending forward and not pushing your hips back. This means you likely herniated a disc in your back and you are in the acute phase of your back injury. Which means you cannot sit and have a lot of trouble bending forward or doing tasks requiring you to hold something in front of you like carrying a box of groceries.

These stretches are important because they do two things, they allow the disc bulge to be ‘sucked’ back in to your spine and they loosen the muscles around your hips and lower back. I understand your pain because this happened to me. I had to take a week off work. I couldn’t exercise for 2 months and every spare moment I had I spent on the floor doing these stretches and exercises. I was about 4 months before I was totally recovered.

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Chronic Low Back Pain

If you have chronic low back from sitting or a past injury that didn’t seem to heal entirely then we recommend following the Chronic Low Back Pain follow along program. Of course following all the same disclaimers we stated for the Acute Low Back Pain follow along program.

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