Low Back Pain Exercises.What is the best low back pain exercise regime? This is the question I hear asked most often about lower back exercises at my physiotherapy clinic.
People want a plan! My experience has led me to divide low back pain exercises into the following three types: Mobility Exercises, Directional Exercises and Strength exercises. Let's have a look at each one in turn:
1. Mobility exercises.
Mobility exercises involve moving all your body parts, in all directions that do not cause pain.
When you have an episode of lower back pain then achieving a balance between rest and movement is very important. You must frequently move all your body parts that do not hurt from the outset.
Failure to do this may result in complications resulting from immobility - which prolongs your rehabilitation further. Do not spend days in your bed with lower back pain unless suggested by a medical practitioner who is familiar with lower back pain.
2. Directional exercises.
Directional Exercises - when performed correctly - will help ease your pain and eventually resolve your episode of lower back pain. The direction of your exercise will be dictated by the direction of your injury and pain.
A good example is where you bend over to lift a heavy box and strain your lower back. After this lift you will have pain in your lower back when bending forwards. This pain is due to this movement stretching your injured structure. To help ease this pain you may benefit from lying on your tummy or arching your back backwards with or without support. This will unload the injured soft tissue or joint and allow it to heal in a non-stressed position.
However, to find the appropriate movement for your lower back pain may require an expert such as a Chartered Physiotherapist - so if in doubt, shout!
3. Strength Exercises.
Back strengthening exercises are exercises that are required to re-strengthen a previously injured muscle. I also use strength exercises to strengthen your posture (see posture exercises).
I have never seen a lower back pain patient who already has a strong good posture! Strength exercises for good posture start with having an understanding and awareness of good posture (see posture analysis).
Although you can learn a little from reading about exercises for lower back pain, your pain frequently requires a professional assessment to ensure the exercises you select are actually of benefit to your condition - and not causing any harm.
Understand this concept through your reading, and then seek to find the professional person suitable in helping you resolve your lower back pain, with exercises and other means of treating lower back pain.
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