Exercises to help with lower back pain

Stretching

Child Pose:

  • Begin on your hands and knees, with your knees hip-width apart and your feet together.
  • Lower your hips back towards your heels while stretching your arms out in front of you.
  • Rest your forehead on the ground and hold the pose for 30-60 seconds, breathing deeply.

Cat/Cow Poses:

  • Begin on your hands and knees, with your wrists under your shoulders and your knees under your hips.
  • Inhale and arch your back, lifting your head and tailbone towards the ceiling (Cow pose).
  • Exhale and round your spine towards the ceiling, tucking your chin to your chest and bringing your tailbone towards your knees (Cat pose).
  • Repeat the sequence several times, moving smoothly between the two poses.

Knee to Chest with Rotation:

  • Lie flat on your back with your legs extended.
  • Bend your right knee and bring it towards your chest.
  • Keep your left leg extended on the ground and hold onto your right knee with both hands.
  • Rotate your right knee to the left, keeping your right shoulder on the ground.
  • Repeat on the other side.

Both Knees to Chest:

  • Lie flat on your back with your legs extended.
  • Bend both knees and bring them towards your chest.
  • Hold onto your knees with both hands and breathe deeply, feeling the stretch in your lower back.
  • Release the pose and repeat several times.

Figure 4 Stretch:

  • Lie flat on your back with your legs extended.
  • Bend your right knee and place your ankle on your left knee.
  • Reach through your legs and hold onto your left thigh.
  • Pull your left knee towards your chest, feeling the stretch in your right glutes and hip.
  • Repeat on the other side.

Sitting Spinal Stretch:

  • Sit on the floor with your legs crossed.
  • Reach your arms up overhead, interlocking your fingers and stretching your spine.
  • Keep your back straight and hold the pose for 30-60 seconds, breathing deeply.

Hamstring Stretch with Towel:

  • Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you.
  • Loop a towel around the sole of your right foot and hold the ends of the towel with both hands.
  • Keeping your knee straight, lift your right foot towards the ceiling until you feel a stretch in your hamstring.
  • Hold the stretch for 30-60 seconds, breathing deeply.
  • Repeat on the other side.

Strengthening

Dead Bug:

  • Lie flat on your back with your arms extended overhead and legs in the air, bent at a 90-degree angle at the knees.
  • Lower your left arm and right leg toward the floor at the same time, keeping your lower back pressed into the floor.
  • Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side, lowering your right arm and left leg.

Bird Dog:

  • Begin on your hands and knees, keeping your hands directly under your shoulders and your knees under your hips.
  • Simultaneously extend your right arm and left leg, keeping your back flat and your core engaged.
  • Hold for a few seconds and then return to the starting position.
  • Repeat with your left arm and right leg.

Forearm Plank:

  • Start in a push-up position, but instead of resting on your hands, rest on your forearms.
  • Keep your body in a straight line from head to heels and engage your core to maintain stability.
  • Hold for 30-60 seconds, or as long as you can maintain proper form.

Lying Windshield Wipers:

  • Lie flat on your back with your arms extended out to the sides.
  • Raise your legs until they are perpendicular to the floor.
  • Slowly lower your legs to one side, keeping your lower back pressed into the floor.
  • Bring your legs back to the center and then lower them to the other side.

Slow Mountain Climber:

  • Start in a push-up position with your hands directly under your shoulders.
  • Slowly bring your right knee toward your chest, then return to the starting position.
  • Repeat with your left knee.
  • Continue alternating knees, keeping your core engaged and your back flat.

Hanging Knee Raises:

  • Hang from a pull-up bar with your palms facing away from your body.
  • Engage your core and raise your knees toward your chest.
  • Lower your legs back down and repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

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