You know exercise will help relieve your back pain. It will
raise the strength of your back. Exercise will keep back pain at bay. So
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic encourages our Eugene back pain patients to just
exercise! Exercise augments the in-office chiropractic care you receive at
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic.
But Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic also recognizes that you want to use the most
potent and proven back exercises that will help your back. You don’t want to
waste your time or hurt your back. So here are some top back exercise
suggestions from Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic that will complement your
Eugene chiropractic treatment care plan:
- Knee Chest – This helps stretch the low back muscles and
relieve pressure on the joints of the spine.
- Hamstring Stretch – This stretches the muscles in the back
of the thigh and enhances and improves the ability to bend forward at the
- Extension – Back extension exercises are important. The back
muscles get weak, especially when the back hurts, and we decrease our spinal
motion. Because extension may aggravate some spinal conditions, be sure to follow
the suggestions Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic offers. You will be told when to start them in
the course of your chiropractic treatment plan.
- Pelvic Tilt – This gently brings motion to the spine and
stretches the back. It helps strengthen abdominal and buttock muscles while
helping to relieve nerve pressure in the low back.
- Abdominal Strengthening – These exercises strengthen the
abdominal core muscles that support the spine in normal everyday activities.
Further, a new research article focused on patients with chronic low
back pain encourages stretching of the lumbar spine extensor muscles, psoas
muscles, hamstrings, abdominals, and gluteal muscles. It also encourages
flexion exercises for low back mobility. However, it warns against extension and hyperextension exercises
for lumbar spine mobility as not being appropriate. (1) Listen to your
Eugene chiropractic physician as you discuss the appropriate
exercises for your individual spine and its condition.
Bottomline about exercise to relieve back pain: It’s safe,
doesn’t increase the risk of future back injury or job absence, improves back
flexibility and strength, and improves patients’ pain ratings. (2)
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic sees all of these benefits come to life in patients who
Now, of course, don’t start any new exercises without
talking about what is right for you at your Eugene chiropractic appointment
first. But if Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic has already recommended some back exercises to
you, see this little article as a reminder or as a nudge to do them or keep doing
them. Back exercises, the right ones done in the right way, really will help!