Can performing pelvic tilting help you to manage your lower back pain? The research suggests it can.
A recent long term study found that patients who regularly performed low back exercises reported less pain than those who were inactive.
This makes sense when you consider how many back problems are due to weak muscles and lack of flexibility. When you add in the stresses that activities like driving and working at a PC contribute, you have a potentially dangerous mix.
Pelvic tilting is a simple exercise to perform. Start by lying on your back with your knees bent up and feet flat on the floor.
The initial movement is a slight pelvic tilting that does just enough to arch your back a little. Some people find this a difficult movement to get the hang of, but persist with it and you'll get the feeling.
Next, press the small of your back down to the floor, and tuck your butt under. Don't actually lift the butt however.
It may help to put your hand under the small of your back as you lift, then you'll be able to feel when you tilt down in the opposite direction.