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Stretching for your Lower Back Pain

Support your lower back with gentle stretching exercises that will restore motion.

Introduction

If you have experienced lower back pain, you are not alone: approximately 80% of all adults have experienced this problem at some point in their lives. The good news is that with a clear stretching routine, you can relieve aches, prevent future occurrences, and improve your posture to feel better.

There are some simple self-care tips that can help you stay on track and keep your lower back pain under control.

This helpful guide suggests performing a 15-minute strengthening and stretching routine 2-3 times per week to help relieve lower back pain.

Who should make use of this guide?

  • If you want to reduce lower back pain, stiffness, and improve movement.
  • You want to incorporate healthy movements into your daily routine.
  • You want simple stretching exercises that can reduce pain and increase mobility.
  • If you want to learn core-based exercises to help you maintain your posture and provide more back support.
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Why Stretch Your Lower Back?

Muscles and Blood flow Activation – Stretching your lower back can stimulate your muscles and increase blood flow to the area

Extends your range of motion in the short term – Lower back stretches can improve your short-term range of motion, allowing you to perform deeper stretches while avoiding undue strain on your lower back when moving.

Reduction in Stiffness – Lower back stretches can be a great way to relax the area if you have stiffness or tightness in your lower back or are about to be active.

What will you need?

A foam roller is all that is required. Here is a cheap one:

Some space in your own home or workspace.

You only need two or three 15-minute sessions per week.

Foam Rolling Exercises

Learn how to foam roll all the areas of the lower back with these videos below.

Foam Roll: Latissimus Dorsi

Foam Roll: Piriformis

Foam Roll: Hip Flexors

Foam Roll: Adductors

Foam Roll: Thoracic Spine

Muscle Lengthening Exercises

Learn how to stretch all the areas of the lower back with these videos below.

Stretching: Piriformis

Stretching: Erector Spinae

Stretching: Hip Flexors

Stretching: Hamstrings

Muscle Activation Exercises

Some Final Tips Whilst Stretching

  1. Start with a warm-up. Stretching should not be done “cold,” or from a completely sedentary or resting state.

  2. Practice a low-strain stretch. Start your stretching routine with a gentle stretch.

  3. Add in a deeper stretch. After you’ve completed your low-strain stretch, you can move on to a deeper stretch.

  4. Breathe during the stretch.

  5. Combine stretches with other activities. Add in some stretching the next time you’re walking the dog, playing with the kids, or starting a round of golf.

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