You know exercise will help relieve your back pain. It will
increase the strength of your back. Exercise will keep back pain at bay. So
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa encourages our West Des Moines back pain patients to just
exercise! Exercise complements the in-office chiropractic care you receive at
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa.
But Executive Chiropractic of Iowa also knows that you want to use the most
effective 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
recommendations from Executive Chiropractic of Iowa that will complement your
West Des Moines 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 Executive Chiropractic of Iowa 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
West Des Moines 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)
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa 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 West Des Moines chiropractic appointment
first. But if Executive Chiropractic of Iowa 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!
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