You Can Exercise Back Pain Away
By Donovan Baldwin
According to past research and studies, nearly 80% of all Americans
will experience some type of back pain in their lives. The
Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons believes this as well, as they
say 80% of us out there will encounter some type of problem with our back before we die.
Traditionally, the popular treatment for lower back pain is increasing core strength to increase flexibility of muscles that are tight, which will
provide better stabilization of the spine and exercises to correct the imbalances of the muscles. When properly strengthened, the muscles which surround the
spine will provide stability and support of the spinal column.
Every muscle between the hips and shoulders should be included as
well, as these muscles are the ones commonly referred to as the core muscles. While there are many sources of back pain, it can also be a result of muscle imbalances caused by any of these
core muscles. If the back of your thighs are weaker than the
front of your thighs, for example, there could be an uneven pull on the
front of your spinal column.
There are some effective ways that you can integrate core strength training exercises into all of the exercise
you perform, rather than doing just the traditional crunches and sit-ups. One such way
is by breathing effectively. Deep breathing will make use of your
diaphragm muscles which, in turn, will help support the spinal column and
lengthen the spine. This is great for your lower back and supporting
your torso when you walk or run. Many have found yoga to also be an effective
method that not only helps ease or prevent back pain, but has a wide range of other health benefits as well.
The tummy tuck and bridge lift can also help you to reduce back pain
and strengthen the core muscles as well. The tummy tuck
exercise is a simple pelvic tilt that draws the abdominal muscles away
from the floor. Do perform a tummy tuck, simply lie face down
on the floor and squeeze your glutes to strengthen your spine.
Instead of pressing into your thighs, you should instead reach your
tailbone down towards your heels. Perform 15 reps of each
exercise and alternate them until you have completed a couple of
For the bridge, place your feet on a bench or on the floor and scoop
your pelvis upward, as your rib cage should stay low to reduce any
irritation to your spinal muscles. The bridge will help to
relieve stress on your back and focus the muscle contractions into the
glutes and the hamstrings.
Other exercises for lower back pain are the lumbar side stretch, hip
flexor stretch, and calf stretches, as all three can help to alleviate
pull on your spinal column.
Hip flexor stretch
When doing a hip flexor stretch, bring one foot forward in a bent knee,
90 degree angle, while your other leg is on the floor behind you with
your foot pointed upwards toward the ceiling. The hip flexor
stretch will help to open up the muscles of your back on the side of
the spine near your hips. You can also squeeze your glutes as
well to deepen the stretch with each breath you exhale. You
should begin to feel a stretch in your back leg, in the thigh front and
the hamstrings on your front leg.
Lumbar side stretch
This stretch will bring your legs wide with your knees bent while you
sit or stand. Simply bring one hand down towards your foot on
the inside of the thighs and your other hand behind your head.
The last stretch will open up your Achilles tendon, which is the most
distant pull on the spine. For this, place an object under
your foot and lean the weight of your body forwards. Maintain
a fluid breath while you hold stretches for 30 seconds or so. After a while, you should begin to feel a stretch behind your knee and
while exercise is a well-known and acknowledged way to ease back pain, another is method is massage. While some forms of massage may be believed to be more effective than others, research has found that almost any form will be effective as long as it helps you relax.
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