Friday, February 7, 2014

Lower Back Pain & Three Exercises You Should Avoid

     I just read an interesting article about the 3 exercises people with lower back pain should not do. Here they are:

1. Elliptical Machines
2. Crunches & Sit-Ups
3. Leg Presses

     The first one surprised me a little. I assumed that because elliptical machines were low impact that it would be a good cardio exercise for people with lower back pain. It turns out that the motion created when walking on these types of machine causes the spine and pelvis to twist more than they should, causing sacroiliac and lower back pain. Situps/crunches and leg presses cause repetitive flexion of the lower spine, which can aggravate some common conditions that cause chronic lower back pain.

     It is important that patients with chronic lower back pain regain core stability prior to attempting to strengthen the muscles that support the lower back.  For more information visit our website.

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