Posts Tagged ‘lower back pain relief’

3 Treatments for Lower Back Pain

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

In this short video, Martin discusses the 3 main components to stopping back pain. 

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In the video, you will hear about…

Modalities:
Modalities are outside agents that can help aid in the recovery from an injury. The two most common used are ice and heat. Ice will cause your blood vessels to constrict in the area you are applying the ice. That is important when a muscle group or joint is experiencing swelling. Ice should only be used on a treatment area for 10 minutes. Their are a number of commercial products for icing, but you could also use a bag of frozen peas or freeze a Dixie cup full of water and use it for an ice massage.
Heat creates the opposite effect of ice. It causes the vessels to dilate therefore allowing more blood flow to occur in the area. Heat is useful when muscles feel tight and stiff. Heat can also be used to help warm a muscle up prior to an exercise routine or event.

Correct Exercises
Correct exercises are important in maintaining a body’s health and also healing from an injury. The important part is “correct” exercises. Know why you are performing the exercises that you are doing. Understand what are the key muscles that are involved in the movement and make sure you are using them. Perform the exercises under control, don’t rush through them just to do them.

Strengthening
Use exercises to help strengthen the weak parts of your body. Our body requires a balance of muscle groups, so if one group or one side is overly strong, it will throw the balance off the body. When we have those discrepancies in our bodies, it usually promotes pain.

Strengthening Exercises for Lower Back Pain Relief

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

I get asked all the time how exercises improve lower back pain. When the correct exercises are chosen for the given lower back problem, those muscles that are exercised can create and enhance stability to the spine. The correct exercises can strengthen the muscles that surround the spine. Muscles need strength, endurance and flexibility.
Lower back pain can come from weakness of muscles, lack of endurance of a muscle or because a muscle group is too tight. When those muscles that support the spine are weak, like the glut medius, they begin to pull on the back and pelvis area initiating lower back pain. Another example would be if the abdominals does not provide sufficient support and endurance for the spine, lower back pain usually occurs.

The spine is like a pulley system. When there is not a balance between the muscles on either side of the spine, pain and weakness occurs. That is why it is essential to know what muscle groups you are strengthening.

Caution should be used while performing strengthening exercises.  If you fail to perform the correct strengthening exercises to relieve your lower back pain, is possible you may be making your situation worse.