- Stretch. Stretching is important because sometimes the pain comes from the muscles themselves. As we get older, our muscles tend to stiffen up more. When a stiff muscle is suddenly asked to work, it can cause pain. If the muscle is gently stretched, it becomes more ready to work. Stretch gently, without bouncing. If you are not used to stretching, start by holding a stretch for a short time. Gradually build up to roughly 30-second stretches.
- Strengthening. The muscles of the upper legs also need to be strong and flexible. When they are weak and tight, they can strain the supporting structures of the back. Your abdominal and buttock muscles are equally important. Together, these muscles help maintain an upright posture and support the back during walking, standing and sitting.
- Mind your posture. Good posture allows for the least amount of strain to be placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement or weight-bearing activities. Your spine is strong and stable when you practice healthy posture. But when you slouch, your muscles and ligaments struggle to keep you balanced causing back pain.
- Weight Control. Additional weight puts a strain on your back and can cause back pain. Keep within 10 lbs. of your ideal weight for a healthier back.
If you’re currently experiencing low back pain and you’re in too much discomfort to even stretch or do strengthening exercises we urge you to look in to our Decompression Belt. The DDS Spinal-Air Lumbar Decompression Belt can provide the pain relief you need in order to return to your daily activities. Our Decompression Belt is flexible when fully inflated and does NOT promote muscle atrophy. Many use the Brace in conjunction with their physical therapy, yoga and Chiropractor visits.