“Oh my aching back!” Do you find yourself thinking or repeating this phrase out loud over and over throughout the day, especially in the area of your lower back? If you’re looking for lower back pain relief, start by trying (and avoiding!) some simple exercise likes those described in the excerpt below from Medicine Net.
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Good and Bad Exercises for Low Back Pain
Lower Back Pain: How Exercise Helps
You may feel like resting, but moving is good for your back. Exercises for lower back pain can strengthen back, stomach, and leg muscles. They help support your spine, relieving back pain. Always ask your doctor before doing any exercise for back pain. Depending on the cause and intensity of your pain, some exercises may not be recommended and can be harmful.
Avoid: Toe Touches
Exercise is good for low back pain -- but not all exercises are beneficial. Any mild discomfort felt at the start of these exercises should disappear as muscles become stronger. But if pain is more than mild and lasts more than 15 minutes during exercise, patients should stop exercising and contact a doctor. Some exercises may aggravate pain. Standing toe touches, for example, put greater stress on the disks and ligaments in your spine. They can also overstretch lower back muscles and hamstrings.
Try: Partial Crunches
Some exercises can aggravate back pain and should be avoided when you have acute low back pain. Partial crunches can help strengthen your back and stomach muscles. Lie with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Cross arms over your chest or put hands behind your neck. Tighten stomach muscles and raise your shoulders off the floor. Breathe out as you raise your shoulders. Don't lead with your elbows or use arms to pull your neck off the floor. Hold for a second, then slowly lower back down. Repeat 8 to 12 times. Proper form prevents excessive stress on your low back. Your feet, tailbone, and lower back should remain in contact with the mat at all times.
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Exercises may provide lower back pain relief for the time being, but they will only help you manage the pain. What you need is a solution that gets to the root problem and alleviates your lower back pain for good. What most people don’t know, is that the root problem actually has to do with your feet.
When your ankle bone slips off your heel bone, it creates an excessive inward rotation of the ankle and an outward rotation of the foot. This is also known as overpronation or hyperpronation and causes your feet to become misaligned.
Since your feet are the foundation of your body, when they are misaligned it creates a chain reaction throughout your body. Your knees and hips turn inward, tilting the pelvis and ultimately causing the spine to become curved and put pressure in places where it shouldn’t be – like your lower back.
You may find permanent lower back pain relief by learning more about a procedure called HyProCure® that places a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle and heel to stabilize the ankle and correct the excessive inward rotation.
If you don’t want to utter the words “oh my aching back!” one more time, then contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare or download the free eBook below for more information. At Adler Footcare, we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.