Forward Head Posture Stretches
Core Exercises Level I
Low Back Relief Stretches
Core Exercises Level II
All these exercises/stretches are designed to be easy to incorporate into your daily routine while still being very effective. They can easily be done at home. Only the Forward Head Posture stretches require anything other than your own body. For the last exercise, I give my patients an elastic band to strengthen the shoulder blade muscles. If you have not yet made it into the clinic or are simply want to do these exercises for preventative purposes, any elastic band will work or you can simply pinch your shoulder blades together.
The Low Back Relief stretches are meant to address active low back pain. Once the pain has diminished such that some light movements won’t cause a flare-up, then you can move on to the Core Exercises. Core Exercises Level I is a simple light way to strengthen your core. When that seems easy, you can move on to Core Exercises Level II. Starting out, you may not be able to do all four of the core exercises in each set, especially the last one (side bends). No problem. Simply do the ones you can. Then as your core gets stronger you can try again on those others.
As you try these exercises at home, use common sense. If things start to hurt more each time you do them, try doing fewer repetitions, going more lightly and working up more slowly. If that does not help, stop and let’s discuss the situation on your next visit.
Studies show that exercise in the third most effective modality for low back pain. Chiropractic is the second most effective. The most effective intervention is chiropractic combined with exercise.
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