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Three Easy Exercises to Help Your Back Pain at Home

When it comes to back pain, nothing beats going straight to the cause by seeing an accredited professional physiotherapist.  If you need some relief before that happens, here are three easy exercises that you can try at home:

​#1 - Arm Openers

 

Why:

  • To mobilize the spine segments, helping your spine to more evenly distribute your body's weight.

  • To stabilise the shoulder joints.

  • To stretch the chest.

How:

  1. Lie on your side with your head supported on a pillow.  Put both arms in front of your body.

  2. Bend your hips to about a 90 degree angle.

  3. Bend your knees to about a 90 degree angle.

  4. While exhaling, reach your upper arm  up to the ceiling and let your eyes follow your hand.

  5. Continue to rotate further, but don't let your hips leave their original positions.

  6. While inhaling, unwind back to the original position.

  • For best effect, do this in a slow and controlled manner.  Remember, don't let the hips and legs move!

​​#2 - Shoulder Bridges

 

  • To train the nerves and muscles how to support the back.

  • To mobilize the spine segments, helping your spine to more evenly distribute your body's weight.

  • To train the Gluteal muscles (The "butt muscles") to activate safely with spinal activation.

  • To build strength along the spine.

How:

  1. Lie down on your back, and place a small ball between your knees if you can.

  2. While exhaling, gently roll just your tail bone upwards towards the ceiling - keep the rest of your back on the ground.

  3. Continue to "peel off the mat", bone by bone until you are just resting on your shoulders.  Don't rush this - the rolling slowly is what teaches each spinal segment to move.  If you don't roll, the stiffer segments won't have time to move.

  4. Inhale at the top, and then unwind in the reverse order.

  • For best effect, do this in a slow and controlled manner.  Remember: this isn't just a 'plank exercise', but also a spine mobility exercise. 

​​#3 - Glute Stretches

 

  • To mobilize reduce tightness in the gluteal muscles, that might be putting stress on the lower spine.

How:

  1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet comfortably on the floor.

  2. Lift one leg and rest your ankle comfortably on the other knee.

  3. At this point, make sure that your back and tailbone haven't rotated away from their original position.  If they have, you will not stretch the glutes, and will instead put the stretch onto your spine.

  4. Gently pull your thigh towards your chest.  Focus on keeping the stretch in your glutes.  Hold for 10 seconds.

  • For best effect, do this in a slow and controlled manner.  Remember, don't let the lower back and tailbone leave the floor.

  • If the stretch starts to give pins and needles, either reduce the stretch or stop.

Come and See a Professional

 

Nothing beats professional assessment and personalized plans.  While three stretches will give some relief, our professional programmes have hundreds of different personalized options, combined with manual therapy and other forms of treatment.

This scientifically-backed method is the best way to take control of your pain.