Suffering From Back Pain? Avoid These Four Exercises

Back pain is either chronic, meaning that you wake up every day in pain, or you move wrong and end up hurting seemingly out of the blue. Either way, you’re told to exercise, as that will alleviate the pain. While this works – somewhat – there are some exercises that you just shouldn’t do, as they put too much pressure on your back. They’ll actually make your pain worse. Here are the four worst offenders, as well as some good alternatives.

1) Sit Ups

Traditional sit-ups will strengthen your core muscles, especially those in your abdomen. Ideally, they’ll make your back better, since the front muscles will add support. However, they need to be avoided, since they put pressure on your spine and will make your back pain much worse.

The Alternative: Partial Crunches

Partial crunches are designed to strengthen your abdominal muscles but in a back-friendly way. Start by laying on your back with both feet flat on the floor and your knees bent, facing the ceiling. Place your hands behind your neck in order to give it some support. Then, raise your shoulders off of the floor by
tightening your abdominal muscles. Do not use your arms. Lower yourself back down and repeat.

2) Superman Back Extensions

This exercise involves laying flat on the floor face down while lifting your arms and legs up. It looks impressive, especially if you can hold it for a period of time. The problem is that it stresses your lower back.

The Alternative: The Bird-Dog

This exercises actually strengthens your lower back without stressing it. Start out on your hands and knees and then extend one leg behind you to hip level. Raise the opposite arm to shoulder level at the same time. Use your abdominal muscles, but don’t tilt your pelvis. Hold this position for a brief count
and then repeat on the other side.

3) Standing Toe Touches

This is a common stretching exercise that will help your hamstrings. There are few things more painful than a tight or pulled hamstring, except for an injured back. That’s what you may end up with if you attempt this stretch when you have a history of back pain.

The Alternative: Stretches With a Towel

For this stretch, start out on your back and bend one knee. Place a towel around the foot of your extended leg. Straighten your knee as you use the towel to pull that leg up off of the floor. Hold the position for 20 seconds before repeating on the other side. Your back should remain flat on the floor the entire time.

4) Double Leg Lifts

We’ve already gone over how a strong core can keep back pain at bay. However, if you do double leg lifts, you risk injuring your lower back.

The Alternative: One Leg Lifts

Place yourself in the same position as for the towel stretches. Lift one straight up and hold it in place. Repeat with the other leg, once again, keeping your back flat on the floor. If you have any questions on these exercises, make an appointment to see your local chiropractor.

Additional Chiropractic Therapies That Can Lead To a Pain-Free Life

Have you ever been to a chiropractor for an adjustment, felt great for the rest of that day, only to wake up in pain again the next morning? You aren’t alone. Thankfully, there are some ways to make those adjustments last longer, although they involve more than just a quick fix.

Instant gratification might make you feel better right away, but the results won’t last for very long. In order to get results that last, you’ll need to take advantage of some of the therapies offered by your local chiropractor in addition to your adjustment. It’s all about your health – so you need to make the
decision to choose the best therapies, not the ones with the fastest results.

It’s All about Spinal Health

Chiropractors believe that the spine is the source of many people’s misery. To put it a different way, a spine that’s out of alignment is the root of their pain. These misalignments interfere with the way that the brain and body communicate. Since the spine contains a large number of nerves, thanks to the
spinal cord, any misalignment can throw your entire system out of balance. All that it takes is one small injury, a tight muscle, a stretched ligament, or a damaged vertebra and you’re in quite a bit of pain. The back is quite complex!

This is why chiropractors first look at the spine as a way of alleviating your pain. In most cases, an adjustment can bring about instant relief. With that said, this instant relief doesn’t always translate into weeks of being pain-free. It’s only too easy to reinjure that area since it’s already weakened. Adding
therapy, such as the ones described below, to help support and hold the adjustment longer will allow for longer lasting results, actually fixing your problem.

Traction Therapy

Did you know that the posture and position of your head can put some stress on your nervous system? This can lead to headaches, plus neck and back pain. Traction therapy teaches you how to position your head and keep it that way correctly. The cervical curve will adjust over time as the therapy persists, leaving you with less pain and better posture.

At-Home Therapy

While some therapies, such as traction therapy, need to be done in a chiropractor’s office under proper supervision, others can be done at home. Your chiropractor can give you a list of instructions, complete with images so that you do everything correctly. These therapies include core strengthening. Your core are muscles consist of your pelvic floor, diaphragm, transverse abdominals, and your deep back muscles.

The muscles in your core are responsible for holding you upright and keeping your posture correct. You’ll need to exercise every muscle in your core – the front, back, and sides – in order to make everything stronger. This is definitely something that you can do at home because you’re less likely to injure yourself in the process.

Visiting a chiropractor can lead to instant pain relief thanks to an adjustment, but if you truly want results that will last, you need to ask your chiropractor about these additional treatments.

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