A 2-Step Routine To Improve Back Pain

    A man wincing from back painAccording to the American Chiropractic Association, over 30 million Americans have had low back pain at some point in their lives. A study conducted by The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio recently uncovered disparities in the presentation and treatment of low back pain, finding that African American individuals report more severe pain than Caucasian individuals.

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    Looking to prevent back pain? A few basic exercises to stretch and strengthen your back and supporting muscles may help you find relief. Now a review of 14 studies shows that exercising often-neglected muscles can boost your improvement by 15 percent. The key is to work your deep trunk muscles, which support and control the spine.

    Repeat each exercise a few times, then increase the number of repetitions as the exercise gets easier. If you’ve ever hurt your back or have other health conditions, such as osteoporosis, consult your doctor before doing these exercises.

    To ward off trouble try these two moves:

    1. Lie on back with knees bent and feet flat on floor. Keep spine in a neutral position (not arched or pressed against the floor). Raise the left leg; at the same time, raise the right arm and sweep it back to lie flat on the floor. Return to beginning position; repeat on opposite side. Do five repetitions. Gradually increase reps to ten.

    2. On all fours, with your spine in the neutral position, lift one arm so it’s parallel to the floor. Lower it, then raise and lower the other arm. Repeat five times. Then lift one leg to the back, parallel to the floor. Lower it, then raise and lower the other leg. Do five reps. Work up to lifting arm and opposite leg simultaneously; gradually increase reps to ten.


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