Disclaimer: Please be aware that information in this article is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding an injury or medical condition.
Written by: Melanie Talastas-Soriano, Certified Athletic Therapist
Low back pain or injury can be debilitating for an individual as it is a central part of the body. Low back pain has various causes and severities. There are many structures of the body that can be affected when talking about low back pain. For instance, disc conditions (herniated disc, bulge disc, or disc fracture), soft tissue strain (quadratuslumborum muscle, erector spinae muscle group and glutes) and ligamentous sprain (sacroiliac ligament / joint irritation, facet joint sprain) to name a few.
As an athletic therapist, I have assessed and treated low back pain many times. Often, I see patients with what doctors call mechanical low back pain which is considered a chronic strain of the muscles of the low back. The treatments involve a combination of passive treatments, core conditioning and stretches. The individuals affected are mostly people who have jobs that require repetitive bending and twisting, trauma, postural (ex. pregnant women) or sedentary (sitting all day in front of a computer). If you are suffering with low back pain, here are some low back stretches to help you relieve some of the discomfort.
These stretches for the low back can help mostly with soft tissue injury. Please consult your doctor first before performing these exercises, especially if you have a serious back injury (ex., disc injury).
These stretches focus on spine and low back muscle flexibility. It will help alleviate pain and muscular tightness. By loosening the muscles around the spine, it will reduce the pressure around the nerves that has been causing you some pain or tingling down the leg.
These simple stretches can help you function better every day. Perform these stretches every other day, once a day for starters. Then, progress to performing them daily, more than once a day if you wish. If you have a training program that you are currently working on, these stretches can be a great addition.
If you want a customized plan to help with your low back pain or have a question or want some more information, you can book a free 15 minutes virtual consultation with Jessica, Team Insahyu's Athletic Therapy Certification Candidate. Call (204) 885-9292 or click here to book an appointment with one of our certified athletic therapists.
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