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Exercises for lower back pain

A common ailment in manual workers, finding lower back exercises can help to build muscle and can make a huge difference - if they are the right ones and they are executed correctly (see our back exercises videos.

Many people still do not realise that fitness is a route to relief - rather than endless pills and not doing that type of work! If you're keen to look at alternative lower back exercises to reduce your back pain, then read on.

Exercising regularly makes the pain go away faster, and by strengthening the muscles that support your back and improving your flexibility, you reduce the chances of another acute attack.

Exercises for lower back pain has two main components - overall body conditioning, and strengthening and increasing flexibility. Cardiovascular exercise (walking, biking and swimming are the best options) will get your whole body in good condition. Additionally, losing weight will take some of the strain off your lower back. You will want to start slowly, and work your way up to a schedule of 20 to 40 minutes of exercise 3 to 5 days a week.

The second component is specific exercises designed to strengthen your back muscles and increase or maintain flexibility. Strengthening exercises should target not just your low back, but also your abdominals and other core muscles. Flexibility will target your low back, and also your hamstrings (back of the thigh) - keeping these loose reduces the risk of further injury.

This is one area where it is essential to consult your doctor. They will not only tell you when it is safe to begin each type of exercise, but also put you in touch with a specialist who can assess your back and prescribe an appropriate programme of exercises.



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