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Guide to Lower Back Pain Exercises: Get Rid of Pain for Good!
Lower back pain exercises restore strength to your back muscles, leading to a gradual return to everyday activities. Your full recovery after surgery, injury, or chronic pain is dependent upon a steady lower back pain exercise plan.
Generally during early recovery, you may need to exercise about 10 to 20 minutes every day until you can gradually increase time exercising as you strengthen and stretch your muscles.
Using this lower back pain exercise guide, you can ease your suffering and improve your quality of life. Please take note: you should always confer with a trusted medical professional like those at Gulf Coast Rehabilitation and Wellness Center ((727) 541-2520 or http://gulfcoastrehab.us/) before pursuing any exercise regimen.
When performing aerobic exercise, you need to focus on keeping your spine in a neutral position while also keeping your abdominal muscles tight. This position will protect your lower back during aerobic exercise, and strengthen your back and abdominal muscles which will further reduce your lower back pain. Start with a stationary bike for 20 minutes or a treadmill.
Initial Lower Back Pain Exercises
Be gentle with your back. When you begin an exercise program, start with small movements and stretches like these:
· Ankle Pumps – While laying on your back, ensure the pelvis is tucked under and your back is not arched. Move one ankle up and down, repeating 10 times. Then do the other ankle.
· Heel Slides – While laying on your back, ensure your pelvis is tucked under and your back is not arched. Slowly bend and straighten your knee, repeating 10 times. Then do the other knee.
· Abdominal Contraction – Laying on your back, bend your knees and rest your hands on your stomach below your ribs. Tighten your abdominal muscles, focusing on squeezing your ribs down toward the floor. Do not hold your breath. Hold this position for 5 seconds, then release. Repeat 10 times.
· Wall Squats – Stand with your back leaning against a wall. Walk about a foot forward, while keeping your back against the wall. Tighten your abdominals and slowly bend both knees 45 degrees sliding down the wall and leaning on it for support. Hold this position for 5 seconds, then return to the upright position. Repeat 10 times.
· Heel Raises – Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Slowly raise your heels up and down 10 times using a wall or chair for stability if you need.
Intermediate Lower Back Pain Exercises
· Single Knee to Chest Stretch – While laying on your back, bend both knees and ensure your back is not arched. Hold your thigh behind one knee and slowly bring the knee up to your chest. Do not lift your head or neck. Hold this position for 20 seconds, then relax. Repeat this move 5 times for each knee.
· Hamstring Stretch – While laying on your back, bend both knees and ensure your back is not arched. Hold one thigh behind the knee, and slowly straighten your leg toward the ceiling until you feel the back of your thigh muscle stretch. Hold this position for 20 seconds, then relax. Repeat this move 5 times for each leg.
Advanced Lower Back Pain Exercises
· Hip Flexor Stretch – While laying on your back near the edge of the bed, bring your knees up to your chest and hold them there. Slowly lower one leg down, keeping the knee bent and your back flat against the bed until you feel the top of your thigh stretch. Hold this position for 20 seconds, then relax. Repeat 5 times on each side.
· Piriformis Stretch – While laying on your back with both knees bent, cross one leg on top of the other. Use your hands to gently pull your knees to your chest. You should feel a stretch in your buttock/hip area. Hold this position for 20 seconds, then release. Repeat 5 times on each side.
Call Today for a Risk Free Consultation
Gulf Coast Rehabilitation and Wellness Center offers a complete risk free consultation and evaluation for men, women, and children. Our trained medical experts evaluate your health and customize a treatment plan using various methods to relieve lower back pain including massage by a licensed massage therapist and weight loss management. We believe in treating the whole person instead of just focusing in on one problem to achieve overall health and wellness.
Call (727) 541-2520 or visit http://gulfcoastrehab.us/ to schedule an appointment to discuss lower back pain exercises, an injury, chronic pain, or your general health.
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Between long hours at work, weekend chores, dinner plans with friends, and time for your family, your calendar is overflowing. But can you remember the last time you took an hour, maybe even two, for yourself? If you had to think longer than a few seconds, you may want to consider taking a step back and reevaluating your schedule. Prioritizing everyone else in your life may seem honorable, but the reality is, totally neglecting yourself isn’t good for anyone. In order to take care of others, you first need to take care of yourself. (It's kind of like the safety messages on airplanes: "In the event of an emergency, please put on your oxygen mask before assisting others.”) So whether you’re facing a rough patch or simply going through the day-to-day grind, self-care should always be on your agenda. Need some inspiration on how to spend your me-time? Here are some self-care practices the editors at Health swear by.
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Sweat it out
"It’s the answer you always hear, but making time every day to exercise is my form of self-care. I’m a firm believer in that saying, ‘You’re only one workout away from a good mood.’ In particular, boxing is a huge physical and mental release for me, and barre classes take me back to my ballet days, which feels especially therapeutic. My other self-care move is curling up in my giant fuzzy blanket and watching Sex and the City reruns. It’s mindless and relaxing and just feels great sometimes." —Jacqueline Andriakos, associate editor
Tune in to YouTube
"When I’m feeling down, I typically turn to my favorite form of escapism: YouTube videos. Having a moment when I can just veg out, slap on a calming sheet mask, and watch a video by one of my favorite YouTubers (looking at you, Estée Lalonde and SoothingSista), allows me to momentarily get out of my own head. It might sound silly, but just like reading a good book, watching a good YouTube video takes me out of my own world and into someone else’s, even if just for 10 minutes. It’s enough time for me to put my thoughts and feelings into perspective and luckily, if I need more than 10 minutes of down time, there’s a whole YouTube world out there waiting for me to enjoy."—Julia Naftulin, editorial assistant
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Create a relaxing routine
"I’ve recently started a new nighttime self-care routine that I think has been helping me de-stress and fall asleep a little more easily. Step 1: Turn off the TV around 10 p.m. and force myself to stop refreshing my Facebook feed. Step 2: Make a cup of chamomile tea. Step 3: Turn off all lights in my bedroom, light a few candles, and set up my yoga mat. Step 4: Do the “Bedtime Yoga” sequence from Yoga by Adriene. It’s a 36-minute gentle yoga routine that includes moves to help you unwind and relax muscles, plus a short meditation to set your intentions for the following day." —Kathleen Mulpeeter, senior editor
Grab some knitting needles
"Lately I’ve been doing a lot of knitting. At first it was for practical reasons (I’m making my husband a scarf for Christmas), but I’ve found it has emotional benefits too. The repetitive motion is super soothing, almost meditative—it’s a great before-bed wind-down activity. I’m just bad enough a knitter that I have to concentrate a little on what I’m doing—I can’t knit on autopilot—so it’s very absorbing. I can be sitting on the couch or at the sidelines during my kids’ sports activities and find that 30 minutes has gone by without my even noticing. There’s the satisfaction of having something real and tactile to show for my time. Best of all, it keeps both hands busy so I stay off my phone!" —Jeannie Kim, executive deputy editor
"A few years ago I was going through a rough period in my life and I decided to take up knitting at night when I was having a hard time sleeping. My aunt had taught me the basic stitch when I was a teenager, so I went to my local Michael’s store and bought a bright chunky ball of yarn and got started. Since then, I’ve knit scarves for everyone I love, and this winter I’m planning on paying it forward with a knitting circle making scarves for homeless people in NYC." —MaryAnn Barone, social media editor
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Escape with Friends
"There is nothing better than coming home after a long day, lighting some great smelling candles, having a cup of tea and reading a good book in my bed. If I’m not in the mood to focus on a book, I’ll instead put on Friends or some other happy, funny TV show in the background and play games on my iPad. I could do that for days." —Chelsey Hamilton, editorial assistant
Pound the pavement
"If I can, I head out for a run. Especially in the cold weather, a run is very meditative for me—hearing each foot strike and a steady breath can be extremely grounding. And as someone who can’t sit still, classic meditation/breathing exercises do almost nothing for me to relax. Running is also a huge confidence boost—I feel powerful and in control of my body and mind. In training for races, I’ve forgotten how much a run can absolutely turn around my perspective. When you’re going out for a predetermined amount of miles, at a certain pace, on already tired legs, it can feel like such a chore. But last week, when I was feeling stressed and antsy, I decided to head out the door and run for however long I felt like. I came back feeling relaxed and re-centered." —Alison Mango, editorial producer
Pick up a good read
"I know it sounds cliché, but getting lost in a book is my favorite form of self-care. With a two-year-old at home, I don’t have that much time to read. But I sneak in 10 minutes here and there—on the bus, while my son naps, before bed. Right now I’m halfway through Amy Schumer’s The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, and it is exactly the escape I need." —Catherine Di Benedetto, features director
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Laugh at what you know
"For me, self-care is curling up on the couch and watching a TV show that makes me laugh. When I’m feeling stressed, my go-tos are reruns of Seinfeld, Parks & Recreation, 30 Rock, and The Office—I’ve seen all the episodes more times than I can count, but that’s the beauty of it. Watching them helps shut off the negative part of my brain for a while." —Christine Mattheis, deputy editor
Posted From: http://integratedmedfl.com/2016/11/28/stretching-avoid-back-pain/
Stretch exercises is a great way to avoid back pain, since it stretches the muscles, joints, bones, etc, thus promoting fluid and blood flow. Stretch workouts include shoulder shrug, triceps, arm, leg, trunk, torso, and other stretches. To help you avoid back pain we can perform a few workouts to help you stretch those muscles. […]
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