If you have back pain, I understand that your first thought is that you need to do something physical to get relief. It makes sense. And, in some cases, any physical activity - even light walking - can help reduce your pain.
Please note that I said "in some cases" physical activity can help. But most of the time, the term "back pain exercise" is an oxymoron. You see, there is no one set of exercises that falls under the heading: "For all conditions and for any person."
It just not possible that the same stretch or the same strengthening exercise can be helpful for different people with different conditions. If by chance it does help, you can thank your lucky stars, because it was just that - luck. If you searched the Internet for back pain exercise or were given a sheet of exercises that look similar to the ones below, please ask yourself, "Why do I need to be doing these exercises?" Let me just stop you now and say, "Do not do them." The reason is that they most likely are not going to be the correct ones for you and your condition. Why run the risk of making your condition worse?
Please understand what when I talk about proper exercising for back pain, I'm talking about very specific and very targeted exercise. I'm talking about stretches and exercises that work together to create a body that is more balanced and better able to work in away that takes the abnormal stress and strain off the back, hips, or pelvis. The ideas is to create an environment that allows the body to heal itself.
The only way to achieve a balanced body is to first determine whether your body is out of balance. This involves doing careful physical assessments on all the muscles that affect the stability of your hips, pelvis, and spine. In other words, you need to find out exactly how your muscles are out of balance - from both a strength and a flexibility perspective.
In the absence of these assessments, any exercise you do for your back puts you at risk of strengthening a muscle that does not need to be strengthened, which can make your imbalance worse. The same is true for stretching - if you stretch a muscle that does not need to be stretched, you could make your imbalance worse.
So, how do you find exercises that will work for you and for your condition? The first step is to have an open mind: You will need to acquire a basic understanding of how the human body works and what you can do to help yourself.
The second step is to take action. When I say take action, I mean doing your homework. This is the only way you can be sure you're doing the correct back pain exercises for your specific condition. Remember, you will first need to do physical assessments before starting any back pain exercises.
In fact, let me be blunt: NEVER use any exercise somebody gives you, and DO NOT buy any program that doesn't take into consideration your specific physical condition - EVER.
The third step is to make the commitment to do what's necessary to get relief and then to work toward achieving optimal health.
The principles of Muscle Balance Therapy can help you assess your individual muscle imbalances and design a targeted corrective program specifically for you.
To learn more about how you can get lasting relief from your back pain by using Muscle Balance Therapy, we suggest that you read the latest copy of our "Back Pain Relief Guide." Fill out the form below now, and you'll receive free instant access.
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