When you have pain in your lower back, the last thing you may feel like doing is exercising. What you should understand that moving is actually good for your back. If you know the right exercises to do, they can strengthen the back, stomach, and leg muscles that help support your spine, which will help to relieve your back pain. When visiting your chiropractor for low back pain treatments, be sure to ask if exercising would be beneficial.
So what is the best exercise for lower back pain, you ask? Here is a list that may be recommended for you:
- Partial Crunches
- Hamstring Stretches
- Wall Sits
- Press-up Back Extensions
- Bird Dog
- Knee to Chest
- Pelvic Tilts
- Lifting Weights
- Aerobic Exercise (in or out of water)
- Some types of Pilates
Any mild discomfort you may feel when you first start exercising should go away as your muscles become stronger. So start with short sessions and build up over time. Make sure you are performing the exercise correctly.
Generally, exercise is good for low back pain—but some exercises may be harmful depending on the cause and intensity of your back pain. Some exercises may aggravate pain so if your pain is more than mild and lasts more than 15 minutes while exercising, stop and let your chiropractor know. When you have acute or chronic back pain, putting extra stress on back muscles and ligaments could risk further injury. Some exercises to avoid include toe touches, sit-ups, and leg lifts.
You may be a candidate for the DRS Protocol™, a spinal decompression therapy approved by the FDA that treats lower back pain. By restoring correct alignment to the structure of the spine, nerve involvement is reduced or eliminated, reducing pain and allowing the body to heal naturally.
Are you wondering what is the best exercise for lower back pain? Contact McKim Chiropractic, either on our website or by calling one of our conveniently located offices for more information and to schedule a consultation. Our licensed and certified staff is happy to help the residents of Boise, ID, Nampa, ID, and Caldwell, ID live life pain-free!