Exercise for Back Pain - Stretching Exercises

Stretching can be a really helpful exercise for back pain - especially simple lower back pain. For a whole variety of reasons our spines become stiff sometimes and we need to practice lower back stretching exercises.

Click on the image for more detail and help with these exercises for lower back pain. Remember - not all these exercises for back pain will suit you - discuss it with your physiotherapist.

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Back Stretching Exercises - flexion or forward bend

exercise for back pain - stretching exercise

back pain relief stretching videoA nice easy stretch for back pain that can be done lying down on the floor or on your bed.
There is a video of this one too.

exercise for back pain - stretching
back pain relief stretching videoA nice lower back stretch that is easy to do at home or at work.Watch the video
exercise for back pain - stretching
back stretching exercise videoA little bit harder but a good all round stretch for the lower and mid back.
See it on video
 

Lower Back Extension Exercise - backward bend

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Combine this with the one above to get a nice lower back exercise workout.
back stretching exercise video See it on video
exercise for back pain - extension
You can't get much easier than this lower back exercise. This one can be practiced anywhere.
exercise for back pain - extension
back exercise videoOnly recommended for some, this is a stronger low back stretch complete with a video demonstration of different levels of difficulty.

Rotation Exercise

lower back exercise This knee rolling exercise is good in the early stages of back pain (acute pain). I find it helps reduce pain and discomfort.
back exercise video There is a video of this one too.

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Overview of exercise for back pain

There are lots of good reasons to exercise and move!

How often should I exercise?

There is no absolute rule but these guidelines may help.

Lower Back Pain Toolkit Home Page

01-Feb-2013