Back pain isn’t as uncommon as you may think. Increasingly our lifestyles are putting a great strain on our backs.
Stress and stress are all too common symptoms of the hectic lives we lead. Unfortunately they can contribute to back and neck pain because we physically and emotionally tense and round up our shoulders.
Moreover, we continue to function (a lot of us) in environments where we sit for long intervals, mainly at desks glued to our computer. For some people, sitting in a seat for 40 hours plus a week is the quickest way to develop back pain which seriously hurts! And what’s worrying is that for some people, they have never experienced back pain before; they have never experienced lower back pain, shoulder difficulties or neck pain, but suddenly notice these symptoms coming on. Even if the symptoms do not last for very long, they can start affecting people on a daily basis.
The worst part is that when you do get lower back pain, it can seem so tough to eliminate. You try rubbing it or massaging it or extending it out quickly – and yet it still hurts.
You try getting up and walking around and then it hurts again ten minutes later. It can be incredibly frustrating.
So here are a few exercises that you can do right now for lower back pain relief.
Exercises To Your Lower Back
The underlying assumption is simple: you are experiencing pain due to chronic inactivity and stress and this interrupts specific muscles and tightens others. So here are two effective exercises which we know work. (Even famous stars and professional athletes do these to handle their back pain)
Lie on your back with both legs bent at right angles either on a chair or block
Rest your hands on your stomach or lay with out your arms at the side below shoulder level, with your palms facing up
Breathe from your tummy. Let the lower back unwind.
Hold the position for 5-10 minutes
How to do it:
Lie on your back with one leg resting on a chair, with your knee bent at 90 degrees, while the other leg is extended straight out and resting on the ground.
Ensure both legs are aligned with your hips and shoulders
The foot of your extended leg ought to be propped upright to keep it from rolling to one side
Hold this position for a couple of minutes then do the same on the other side.
Make sure that you move and walk even if you can only handle 10 minutes at a time. Try and do a 10 minute walk 3 times daily.
We do recommend that you always consult your health care professional before beginning any exercise programme.