When you are experiencing a flair up of lower back pain, rest might be the only thing that sounds good. And while rest is important, especially if you are heating/icing, movement is equally important. Back pain prevents people from exercising- by some estimates as much as 40% of people will forego exercise if they are experiencing mild back pain. But movement, especially the purposeful kind involved in exercise, helps speed healing by improving circulation, decreasing inflammation and boosting immunity. It also builds strength in regions that matter; for example, a spinal injury like a herniated disc may have you feeling down and out, but building strength in the surrounding soft tissues helps lend support to an embattled region. Read on to find out how you can keep exercising despite lower back pain.
With lower back pain, it is important to avoid movements that will exacerbate your condition. These movements include: bending, toe touches, sit ups, leg lifts, and twisting motions. Lower back pain is often accompanied by less range of motion, meaning that excessive movements can cause injury. Instead focus on these types of exercises:
That being said, don’t speed into an exercise routine without checking with your Park Slope Chiropractor first. We can help design a multi-faceted, goal-oriented treatment plan for your specific body type and back pain. By combining chiropractic modalities including spinal adjustment and decompression, with targeted exercise and stretching, you can effect great improvements in your spinal health. If you are interested in using our services to manage lower back pain, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.