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Chronic back pain



Stretch, warm up, walk
Breath a little faster, cycle
Feel the movement, warm down
A little resolve each day
Or, your back gives way

Lower back pain exercises NHS 2019

There are some simple back exercises and stretches you can do at home to help ease lower back pain and improve your strength and flexibility. Aim to do these exercises every day, along with other activities like walking, swimming or yoga.

See a GP if: your pain doesn't improve within a few weeks, or you experience severe pain while trying any of these exercises

Bottom to heels stretch
Start position: Kneel on all fours, with your knees under your hips and hands under your shoulders. Try to keep your back and neck fairly straight, and don't lock your elbows.
Action: Slowly move your bottom back towards your heels. Hold the stretch for one deep breath and return to the starting position.
Repeat 8 to 10 times.

Tips:
avoid going right back onto your heels if you have a knee problem
ensure correct positioning with the help of a mirror
only stretch as far as feels comfortable

Knee rolls
Start position: Lie on your back. Place a small flat cushion or book under your head. Keep your knees bent and together. Keep your upper body relaxed and your chin gently tucked in.
Action: Roll your knees to one side, keeping both shoulders on the floor. Hold the stretch for one deep breath and return to the starting position.
Repeat 8 to 10 times, alternating sides.

Tips:
only move as far as feels comfortable
place a pillow between your knees for comfort

Back extensions
Start position: Lie on your front and rest on your forearms, with your elbows bent at your sides. Look towards the floor and keep your neck straight.
Action: Keeping your neck straight, arch your back up by pushing down on your hands. You should feel a gentle stretch in the stomach muscles. Breathe and hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Return to the starting position.
Repeat 8 to 10 times.

Tips:
don't bend your neck backwards
keep your hips on the floor

Deep abdominal strengthening
Start position: Lie on your back. Place a small, flat cushion or book under your head. Bend your knees, keeping your feet straight and hip-width apart. Keep your upper body relaxed and your chin gently tucked in.
Action: As you breathe out, gently tense the muscles in your pelvis and lower tummy so they're pulled up towards your chest. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths and relax.
Repeat 5 times.

Tips:
this is a slow, gentle exercise – don't try to tense your muscles too quickly or too hard
make sure you don't tense up through the neck, shoulders or legs

Pelvic tilts
Start position: Lie on your back. Place a small, flat cushion or book under your head. Bend your knees, keeping your feet straight and hip-width apart. Keep your upper body relaxed and your chin gently tucked in.
Action: Gently flatten your lower back into the floor and tense your stomach muscles. Now tilt your pelvis towards your heels until you feel a gentle arch in your lower back and return to the starting position.
Repeat 10 to 15 times, tilting your pelvis back and forth in a slow rocking motion.

Tips:
don't press down through your neck, shoulders or feet
place one hand on your stomach and the other under your lower back – if you're doing the exercise correctly, you should feel the muscles working in these areas  

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