This month we decided to try something different in the recipe section of our newsletter. These gentle self-healing back exercises allow your body to stretch naturally and relieve the pressure on your discs and spinal cord that cause back pain, as well as re-aligning your internal organs.
If you have general back pain, these back exercises and back relaxation techniques can be safely used for prevention, as well as relief. If you have disc problems we recommend you see us first. Although these exercises are specifically effective for disc problems, modifications may be required to suit your situation.
Use them twice daily for best effect.
Prone Pelvic Relaxation
Lie on your stomach with 3 pillows under your chest and 3 under your ankles – let your pelvis sink naturally to the floor and stay there for 10-15 minutes.
Supine Spine Relaxation Technique
Lie on your back with a high pillow under your shoulder, and another supporting your hips.
Clasp your hands around your knees and let your spine stretch naturally.
Diving – Lower Back Strength
Once your back pain is gone, this is a wonderful exercise to strengthen and stretch your lower back.
Lie on your stomach with hands by your sides.
Arch your back by raising your head and feet then relax. Your goal is to build up to 10 repetitions – but don’t try to do them all the first day. This back exercise is more demanding than it looks.