Whether your back pain is acute or chronic, back pain exercises can help relieve your aching back and increase your mobility.
Strong and flexible back and abdominal muscles play a key role in the ability of our spine’s vertebrae to twist, turn, bend, and extend. These muscles, when healthy, aid in movement and help maintain proper posture when sitting or standing. However, if back muscles become injured in either the cervical (neck), lumbar (lower), or thoracic (middle) regions, back pain symptoms can manifest in a number of ways. In addition to muscular pain, which is normally acute (short-term) pain, neck and back pain also can come about due to fractures, pinched nerves, ruptured discs, arthritis, bone spurs, and many other causes.
No matter the cause, back pain can affect your flexibility, thereby limiting daily activities like playing tennis, shopping, or going to work. Worse yet, chronic back pain – defined as back pain lasting more than three months – can have what seems to be a permanent affect on your quality of life. That’s when back pain exercises can be especially beneficial.
If you’re experiencing upper, lower, or middle back pain, be sure to consult with your doctor before beginning any type of exercise program. He or she can diagnose the cause of your suffering, and offer a regimen of exercises tailored to your needs including:
- Stretching and strengthening exercises such as the pelvic tilt, basic twist, and the plank
- Stability ball exercises
Back pain exercises can not only help you recover from pain, they can also help you build and maintain muscle strength. In addition, exercise can aid in weight control, which also is beneficial for the long-term health of your back. Some patients, however, may need more than exercise. For these patients, Laser Spine Institute (LSI) offers minimally invasive procedures performed on an outpatient basis. With a quicker recuperation time than other treatments like open-back surgery, LSI’s state-of-the-art procedures are here to help you get back into the swing of things. For a free CT scan or MRI review and to learn more about our institute, contact us today.