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Do you suffer from tense and aching muscles in your lower back?
Of course you do, or else you wouldn’t be here. And as we all know, this pain can be so frustrating and debilitating. But what if I told you that you can reduce this pain and tension significantly by regularly stretching your body?
Well you can. And a great place to start is with these 5 stretches for your lower back. So give them a try today and start on the road to a more flexible and less painful lower back.Continue reading
Using ice and heat to self-treat your back pain is a cheap and easy way to get a bit of pain relief.
However did you know that using either at the wrong times and for the wrong type of back pain can actually make your pain worse?
Find out why here, and make sure you are using the right form of treatment for your back pain.Continue reading
We are constantly told we need to stay active if we are going to beat back pain.
But how do you know what kinds of activities you should be doing? And how can you be sure they won’t cause you more damage?
This is the part that puts lots of people off exercising when they have back pain. So I’ve put together a list of 9 safe and helpful activities for your back that you can try safe in the knowledge that they won’t hurt you when done correctly.
Staying active is vital for managing your back pain so make a start today!Continue reading
‘I should learn tai chi’ may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are searching for something to treat your back pain.
But don’t rule it out too quickly, because it can be a great help.
Not only will it reduce your pain, it’ll improve your balance and reduce stress and anxiety too. And in this article I’ll outline all the health benefits of tai chi, along with instructions on how to get started.
So if tai chi has piqued your interest, then don’t be afraid to give it a try. After all, a martial art that soothes pain rather than trying to inflict it can’t be a bad thing!Continue reading
Does land-based exercise cause you pain?
You are not alone. However, the buoyancy provided by water aerobics and aquatic therapy can take away this strain on your muscles and joints and help you to stay active. This is great as you can still get a good aerobic and strengthening workout even when your pain is bad.
Plus working out in the water is fun! Find out how to get started here.Continue reading
You can’t overestimate the importance of core strength when it comes to managing your chronic lower back pain.
It’s a key part of every physio’s back pain rehabilitation program for a good reason. This is because a strong core is responsible for supporting and stabilising the spine, while also helping you to move and maintain good balance and posture. All of which reduces the strain on your lower back.
So find out how to get started with core strengthening here and give your back the help and support it needs.Continue reading
Pilates may not be something you’ve ever thought about doing. But don’t be fooled by any preconceptions, it’s a bloody good workout!
It’s also a great way to build your core strength. And this is vital for reducing your lower back pain, as a strong core reduces the strain on your back and helps to support your spine as you move.
Pilates will also increase your flexibility, improve your posture, and release muscle tension. However you need to make sure you are doing it correctly to avoid injury and gain the maximum benefits.
Find out how to get started with pilates here.Continue reading
Cycling is something we all loved doing as kids.
And it’s also a great low-impact exercise for back pain that can help you to stay active. And when done right, cycling will improve your fitness levels and leave you feeling great.
However if you don’t cycle correctly it can do you more harm than good.
So find out how to cycle in the right way and say “On your bike” to your lower back pain here.Continue reading
Walking is an enjoyable and pleasant activity that is accessible to everyone. However did you know that it is also a great activity for people with chronic lower back pain?
This is because by walking regularly you can strengthen muscles and bones, increase circualtion, improve your mood and confidence, and become more active and mobile. It’s great for us, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Find out how to get started with walking and how to stay motivated here. This includes finding the right walking shoes, gaining a good walking technique, and ideas if you want something more challenging than regular walking.
Living with chronic pain isn’t a walk in the park, but walking in the park can certainly help!Continue reading
Stretching is one of the best things you can do to reduce lower back pain.
By stretching regularly you are lengthening and strengthening your muscles. This leads to improved flexibility, greater range of motion, increased circualtion, and a lower chance of picking up any new muscle injuries or strains.And this is all great news for your back.
In this article I’ll tell you how to get started with the help of easy to follow guides and videos. These will cover both static and dynamic stretches (and even throw in some core strengthening exercises too).
So make sure you are stretching your lower back, rather than allowing it to stretch your patience!Continue reading