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Exercise Your Way Out of Lower Back Pain

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Back pain seems to be a common predicament in adults, and it is usually brought on by overuse and muscle strain or injury. By staying active, most low back pain can get better. It is also advisable to avoid certain positions or activities that tend to exacerbate the problem.

Once the acute pain has diminished, you may be in a position to introduce gentle strengthening exercises into your routine. Exercise can not only help to decrease lower back pain, but it can even help you to recover faster, prevent further injury to your back, and cut your risk of potentially disabling problems.

There are simple exercises that are not difficult to do and can be done in the comfort and privacy of your own home without any special equipment. Try not to let the fear of pain prohibit you from doing these exercises. Soon after noticing any lower back pain, you should try to become more active. If you remain sedentary, you run the risk of losing flexibility, strength, and endurance. Most notably, the pain will probably increase.

Aerobic exercises such as swimming, walking, or walking in waist-deep water can help you keep your back healthy. They will also help to condition your heart, maintain your overall health, and speed recovery from injury. Focus strengthening exercises on your back, stomach, and leg muscles. When your stomach, back, and leg muscles are strong, they serve to better support your spine, thereby reducing pressure on your spinal discs. Be sure to incorporate some stretching exercises into your routine to keep your muscles and tissues flexible and less prone to any injury.

The exercises you should AVOID when dealing with lower back pain are straight leg sit ups, bent leg sit ups, lifting both legs while you are on your back, lifting any heavy weights above your waist, and engaging in toe touches while standing.

Some people will notice that their backs feel better when they are sitting. Others will notice a reduction in pain when they are standing. Exercises that make you feel more comfortable are typically more successful in treating your lower back pain.

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