Lower back pain? Some of these exercises fitness experts say help the most

Lower back pain can be reduced by practicing certain exercises.

Neighbourhood Health Desk: Have your friends and colleagues started noticing your presence due the aroma of the excessive back pain cream or spray you apply? If that’s the case, and the pain isn’t getting any better, it’s time you started practicing some essential lower back exercises:-

Back extensions

Lie on your stomach, resting on the forearms, with your elbows bent at the sides. Keep your neck straight and look towards the floor. Now, arch your back up by pushing down with your hands. In this position, you will feel a gentle stretch in the stomach muscles. Hold on to this position for about 10 seconds before returning to normal.

Bottom-to-heels stretch

While kneeling on all fours, with the knees under your hips and hands under your shoulders, slowly move your bottom back towards the heels. Take a deep breath while holding on to this position, and then return to normal. You can repeat this 8–10 times. However, make sure that you stretch only as far as you can.

Hamstring stretches

Lie on your back and bend one knee. Put a towel beneath the ball of the foot on the unbent leg. Slowly, pull the towel back while straightening your knee. When you feel a slight stretch at the back of your leg, hold on to the position for about 15 seconds. Repeat 2–4 times for each leg.

Bridging

Lie with your back to the floor, bending the knees and only heels touching the floor.Digging the heels into the floor, squeeze your buttocks down. Now lift the hips to the shoulder level until shoulders, hips, and knees fall in a straight line. Be in this position for about six seconds. Rest for about 10 seconds once you come back to the relaxing position.

Lower back twist

Lie on your back while bending your knees and feet flat on the floor. Extend your arms out to the side in a ‘T’ position.Keeping the shoulders on the ground, gently roll both knees to one side. Stay in this position for about 30 seconds and return to the original position.You can also place a pillow under the knees while twisting to each side if the exercise is difficult the first time.

 

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