Low back pain is an inevitable part of our modern lives and affects almost a quarter of the US population. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to relieve common lower back pain at home, covered below by Impact Physical Therapy.
Stretches for Low Back Pain
When you begin low back stretching, make sure to find an open space, a mat, and relax your breathing. It’s important to start each of these exercises slowly and focus on small movements.
Child’s Pose: This familiar, simple pose is a great place to start for low back stretching. Sit on your knees, lean forward past your arms, put your head on the floor, and feel the relaxation. Another common pose is the cat and cow pose, where you lie on all fours and bend your neck slowly inward and outward.
Cobra: Lie down, put your hands beside your chest, and keep your feet on the ground as you push your upper body into the air. After holding for a few seconds then slowly lowering, you may start to feel relief.
Bridge:This stretch bolsters your lower back muscles. To start, lie on your back with your hands to your side. Your goal is to keep your head and chest on the ground while you raise your hips, keeping the entire body in a straight line.
Toe Touch: One of the most intuitive stretches for low back pain, toe touching is an excellent way to open up your lower back. Start by slowly leaning backwards until you feel your lower back “push”. Then lean forwards. Doing this multiple times can help relieve low back pain and tightness.
Exercises for Low Back Pain
Low back stretching can provide relief, but there are also a number of exercises that help strengthen the back muscles. Small but significant movements can do a lot for some low back pain sufferers.
Good Morning Stretches: These stretches are a lot like toe-touching, but they put a little weight on the shoulder. Often used in physical therapy, a low back pain sufferer puts a weighted stick (like a broomstick) behind their shoulders, bends forward so their face is parallel to the floor, then comes back up.
Core Exercises: Crunches and other familiar abdominal exercises are useful for strengthening your lower back muscles. To ensure you’re focusing on the muscles that need it, speak with one of our physical therapists.
Consult a Physical Therapist for Low Back Pain
If you’re suffering through multiple days of lower back pain, stop by one of the many locations of Impact Physical Therapy, where we are ready to help with comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic tools. To set up an appointment or ask questions, please contact us today!