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Posted on 02-06-2018

Exercises for Lower Back Pain in Columbus, GA

Woman with lower back pain

Lower back pain is a common ailment affecting millions of people every year. Too many of those people put up with the pain believing there is no solution to the problem. Or, they try to seek treatment to no avail. Still, others turn to medication to mask the pain and trudge on through, dealing with side effects and even making the situation worse.

Not All Back Pain Is Created Equal                    

Pain is a symptom. Getting to the root cause of pain is essential if you want to create lasting relief. For example, you may have lower right back pain, or you may have lower left back pain. Both of these are painful and may even feel the same -- but they are likely caused by completely different problems.

There are a number of effective treatments for lower left back pain and lower right back pain, but one universally effective way to prevent and treat back pain is through the power of exercise. 

Exercises for Lower Back Pain

First off, it's essential that you seek medical attention if you are in pain and before you start an exercise program. Your lower back pain may signal a number of health issues, including kidney infection or other internal organ problems. Often, it is an injury or strain to muscles, ligaments or other soft tissue. So if you are experiencing this type of pain, you will want to rule out internal organ problems before proceeding with exercise or other activities.

For chronic lower back pain, exercise helps to alleviate strain and pressure and strengthen the muscles that support the back. A couple of simple exercises you can do are:

Piriformis Muscle Stretch

This muscle runs between the base of your spine down the back of your femur (thigh bone) and when it becomes tight can cause pain and discomfort. Stretching this muscle brings relief. Lie on your back, flat on the floor, legs straight. Bring one knee up with the opposite hand. Keeping your pelvis as flat as possible, bring your knee toward the shoulder. You aren't trying to bring the knee across your body, you are bringing it up toward the shoulder. This stretches the muscle. 

Next is the Hamstring Stretch

Keeping the hamstring stretched may seem overly simple, but tight hamstrings are frequent causes of lower back pain. Sit with your feet flat on the floor, and then extend one leg out, lifting and stretching your toes toward the ceiling. Try to straighten the leg as much as possible.

Visit our Chiropractor for Back Help in Columbus

Your chiropractor in Columbus GA can help diagnose the cause of your lower back pain, and suggest treatment and exercise to relieve it. Health First Family Chiropractic is just a phone call away. Call today at 706-576-9844.

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