According to the American Chiropractic Association, over 31 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.
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 four moves:
1. Opposites Attract
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Keep your spine in a neutral position (not arched or