Back problems often are a result of a bad posture that could cause severe pains. Restoring the back to its original and natural condition takes time, and a combination of chiropractic care and exercise can dramatically enhance recovery.
A combination of the two provides numerous benefits. Exercise keeps muscles in their proper tone, increases blood circulation around the body, improves digestion and develops a better lifestyle all together.
The following back-strengthening exercises complement the healing process greatly:
The Hip Bridge exercise strengthens those muscles near the lower back that play an important role in stabilizing the spine.
It can be carried out by lying on the back with the feet flat and about hip width apart; the knees should be bent. The arms should be relaxed. The person then squeezes their buttocks as they lift their hips in a straight line towards the shoulders. After around 3 seconds, return to the starting position, slowly.
Around 12 repetitions are recommended.
The bird dog exercise aims at strengthening the lower back, hip, butt and thigh muscles.
The person kneels on the floor with both hands spaced out about a shoulder-width apart. Tuck in the belly towards the spine and raise one leg straight backwards while raising the other hand in opposite direction.
Hold in this position for 15 seconds and then return to starting point, carrying out the same procedure on the opposite side hand and leg.
The side plank exercise strengthens the lower back. It is done by the following method:
The person is to lie on their right side, straight from head to the feet while resting on their forearms. The elbow should be directly under their shoulder. The abdominals are to be gently contracted and the hips slowly lifted off the floor – in the same straight position.
This position should be held for at least about 30 seconds before lowering the hip.
Lunge exercises enhance a person’s overall control of their body. This tends to protect the spine in daily activities, such as walking and running or even stair-climbing.
Starting off with the abs gently contracted. The hands are placed on the hips; the person then takes a big step-forward using the right foot while sinking the right knee at a right-angle.
The person should then slowly return to the starting position, switch the legs and repeat – 10 repetitions are recommended.
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