Many people suffer from lower back pain. While surgery often provides some relief for serious conditions, lower back exercises are a critical component of relieving pain, whether your condition requires surgery or not. Unfortunately, this common ailment is often acute (severe) or chronic (lasting over three months and usually much longer) or both.
There are several causes of pain in the lower back. Very serious conditions, such as a herniated or ruptured spinal disk, often require surgery. There is also a smorgasbord of bone and joint conditions that cause back problems. But far and away the most common problem is lumbar strain. It occurs when the muscles, tendons or ligaments, or any of the above, are inappropriately stretched.
Lumbar strain has several causes. It can be caused by simple overuse of the back. Improper use of the back, such as improper lifting or extremely bad posture, also causes lumbar strain, as does a traumatic injury.
For all health practitioners, treating lumbar problems is a regular affair. The first component in most treatment is, at least temporarily, rest. Rest helps relieve the immediate pain and heal damaged tissues.
The next step is commonly exercise. For many sufferers, regardless of the cause of the condition, lower back exercises relieve pain. There are a variety of widely accepted exercise treatments commonly prescribed to strengthen and condition this part of the body. Of course, while people should be attentive to their particular concerns and conditions, it’s wise to consult an expert before proceeding with any treatment.
Lower back exercise programs typically have three levels. What level is prescribed or chosen depends on the severity of the injury and the general health of the patient. It’s also common to start with the lowest or most modest level and proceed to more difficult levels.
The lowest level exercise focuses on simple movements while putting little or no stress on the back. A major focus is improving flexibility. These movements are typically done while lying on one’s back, and include low stress movements in the ankles and knees, as well as straight leg lifts. They may also include some simple movements from a standing position.
The moderate level of exercise steps up both the level of effort and the impact on the lumbar area. This level combines strength and flexibility workouts. It includes more complicated and difficult movements done while lying on the back, such as pulling one’s knees up to one’s chest. It also introduces many “Swiss Ball” exercises. These exercises tend to affect the entire body, strengthening many muscles used in balancing, as well as those in the lumbar area.
The advanced level of exercise steps up the complexity and difficulty of movements yet again. It particularly focuses on building strength.
Undoubtedly, lumbar injuries will be a common condition in a health practitioner’s office as long as humans are working and playing. Fortunately, research is improving treatments and helping to relieve pain. Lower back exercise is a successful method of treating and preventing pain, and reconditioning the body after traumatic injury and surgery.