Lower Back Care
I am a back injury prevention specialist and also have experienced my own debilitating spine—lower and upper—issues at 33 years old. I healed myself through yoga, conscious breathing, focused affirmations, meditation, and learning how to live a more balanced lifestyle, letting go of stress and unnecessary worry. It wasn’t easy, but it was either that or continue to suffer in pain and die early—that’s how bad of shape I was in.
These basic exercises and yoga poses helped me tremendously. There are many more that I recommend, but to keep it simple these are the most effective to start. I would recommend a private session with me or someone who can watch you go through the poses and exercises to make sure you are doing them correctly. Details, form and alignment matter.
Happy Healing! Any questions, please feel free to contact me. Namaste.
Enhancing Spinal Health
The back is a very different and complex structure, involving a flexible column with complex muscle and ligamentous support. The spine contains the spinal cord and lateral nerve roots, and musculature intimately involved in several other functions, including breathing mechanics and nervous system. Many of the traditional approaches for training other joints in the body are not appropriate for the back—either they do not produce the desired result or they create new injuries.
- Posture, posture, posture!!! Standing, walking, sitting and lying down (supine). This is the most important form of exercise. You are strengthening your body just by standing, walking, sitting in the correct alignment. It takes muscular energy to hold yourself upright. When you walk look at the horizon and lead with your heart. This will keep your head from dropping and your shoulders from slouching. When you sit or drive in your car, maintain inner core activation of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles as much as possible. Keep checking in and re-activate them each time. When you notice your shoulders have become your earrings, take deep breathe and release them down your back, draw your head back in space a bit too- most likely it has jolted forward.
- Learn neutral position (neutral spine). Constant vigilance and awareness of good posture increases core muscular strength and endurance and reduces stress to joints and muscles.
- Activate pelvic floor muscles and transverses abdominis. Zip it up!!! But don’t hold your breath!
- Back care must be done daily, yes daily to be effective!
- No pain, no gain philosophy does not apply to back strength.
- Recommended: low impact cardio along with specific back exercises
- However, there is not set of exercises for all individuals; appropriate exercise must be individualized. Some need more stability and some need more mobility.
- In general we are weak in our back and tight in our front body. Usually but not always there tends to be weakness in abdominals, glutes and hips and tightness in hamstrings and hip flexors. Strengthen the back and open the front.
- Be aware in the morning you are the tallest, your disks are the most hydrated, so go easy on full range spinal motion.
- With back injuries, extended warm-ups and cool down stretching are recommended
- Wear and tear of the spine is not only from intense and incorrect exercise but sedentary lifestyle with poor posture.
- Lifestyles: Sitting is the new smoking! One hour of exercise negates 8 hours of sitting! Text neck!!! The misalignment of your cervical spine can cause imbalances and issues down your entire spine to your feet. Do restorative fish yoga pose daily.
- To maintain healthy spine you must have core stability and muscular strength and mobility through flexion, extension and lateral movement of the spine, along with proper hydration.
- Patience and persistence are key to healing. Expect 6 months or longer of consistent exercise to get results.
Videos for Back Care
For lower back and hip flexors
Thread the Needle
Hips and happy baby pose.
Lower back and spinal massage
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