Published on August 2, 2012
Low Back Pain Exercises Tend To Be the Best Ways to Relieve Back Pain
You may think that staying in bed with little movement is the best cure for back pain but in fact bed rest should typically be avoided as it has been shown to delay the healing process and make your pain worse. In general, movement and stretching within a pain free zone is encouraged to expedite the recovery process.
Exercises that are safe for the back are ones that ensure the spine is kept in a neutral position and the least amount of spinal compression. A back belt may help provide added support.
Dr. Stu McGill at the University of Waterloo is the leading researcher in low back pain and has demonstrated the following exercises are best for targeting the core when rehabilitating patients with low back pain:
- Front Plank
- Side Plank/Bridge
- Supine Bridges
- Hip Hinging
Be Sure to Use Proper Form When Performing Back Pain Exercises
The key to performing the above exercises is proper form. Supervised exercise programs are far more effective. In addition, individuals suffering from back pain should see a chiropractor or physiotherapist to receive proper diagnosis and prescribed exercises.
To prevent back pain it is important to stay as active as possible. Try to maintain a good combination of muscular endurance, strength, power, flexibility, balance, and cardiovascular activity!
If the injury you have suffered is extremely sever and limits your functional movements rest may be needed for 24-48 hours to allow you to recover in a pain free position.
Check out these low back pain exercise videos:
Quadriceps and Hip Stretch: WATCH
Hip Flexor Stretch: WATCH