Stretches For The Lower Back

Injury or poor posture can lead to lower back problems. Lower back problems range in severity, but the majority are incredibly uncomfortable. When lower lumbar bones, sinews and tendons become misaligned, it can place undue pressure on the dics in between and spine and cause pain as well as problems elsewhere in the musculoskeletal system. If you are suffering pain in your lower back consider performing these stretches to increase mobility. It’s always a good idea to book an appointment with your local chiropractor in these cases too. 

Structure of the Lower Back 

The lower back area contains five bones stacked on top of each other with intervertebral discs located in between. The bones are connected at the back with unique joints. The lumbar spine connects to the thoracic spine above the hips. 

The lower back is used to balance the weight of the head on the upper spine. This area also distributes weight from upper extremities into the lower body. The curve of the lower back reduces the concentration of stresses in the lower spine. 

Common Lower Back Injuries 

The three primary lower back injuries include sprains and strains, herniated or bulging discs and fractured vertebra. If you are experiencing ongoing lower back pain chances are you are suffering from one of these symptoms and should book an appointment with a chiropractor to ensure the best possible health outcomes.  

If the pain from your lower back injury is too severe to move, you can try the stretches below to reduce pain before coming in for your appointment. 

Lower Back Stretches 

Knee-to-chest Stretch 

Lie down on your back with your legs straight out, then slowly raise one knee upwards towards your chest. Hold your knee for five seconds before releasing it and slowly lowering it down. Repeat this motion three times alternating between each leg. 

Cat Stretch 

Kneel on your hands and knees. Look down at the floor and arch your back. Then lower your back and raise your head. Hold at both extremities for 5 seconds. Repeat this motion 30 times across 3 sets with a break in between. 

Shoulder Blade Squeeze 

Sit upright on a chair with your arms raised outwards; perpendicular to your body. Pull the arms back using your shoulder blades and hold at the extremity for 5 seconds. Repeat this motion 30 times over 3 sets with a break in between. 

When Should I See a Chiropractor? 

If you experience pain in your lower back to the extent that it becomes difficult to perform routine tasks, assuredly book an appointment with Willetton Chiropractic to ensure the best health outcomes. Experiencing frequent pain in the lower back is unusual. Willetton Chiropractic are passionate about helping clients to live healthier, pain-free lives. Book an appointment today to discover how chiropractic care may be able to help you.