Exercising with Lower Back Pain

Back Pain

Supporting the entire upper body, the lower back enables us to move, utilising different motions such as bending, twisting, flexing and rotating.

Lower back pain can be dull or achy. If you have had lower back pain/discomfort for a prolonged period of time, be sure to seek medical advice. However, exercise can help with alleviating lower back pain. It is important you participate in exercise that does not aggravate the area.

Lower back pain could be a result of tightness in other muscles within the body, for example, the hamstrings. Stretching regularly can help alleviate lower back pain by lengthening out these muscles.

Utilising core exercises can help strengthen your stomach and lower back muscles. However, not all core exercises will be beneficial for the lower back i.e. full sit ups, instead try partial sit ups.

Resistance training can be beneficial for lower back pain by strengthening the muscles in the lower back. Combine with stretching, resistance training can prevent long term back pain.

If you’re unsure where to start, or which exercise would best suit your condition, our Exercise Referral service which can provide you with further information and support from one of our qualified Fitness Instructors. Contact the Wellbeing Centre directly for more information.