May 15, 2015

. . . Then Add Some Core Muscle and Other Exercises for My Bad Back

When I finished my training on the BIG exercises, I asked my excellent physical therapist about core muscle exercises. I had heard that they might help alleviate my chronic lower back pain. She agreed and recommended two exercises in particular. That was five years ago, and I still do these exercises almost every day. 

This unusual dedication is due to one thing: I can tell that these exercise really help. 

Here they are.

That's what my PT called the first exercise, but it goes by various names. Here's one description I found.

Getting the exercise right takes a little practice. Here's an explanation under a different name.

Pelvic Brace Exercise

Once a day, lie on back and "deflate the balloon" (mine's more like a beach ball) by pushing the belly button down toward your spine without inflating the stomach. Perform this exercise at 50% or less of full effortPut your fingers on the lower abdomen and feel the stomach going in. 

"The Bridge"
The second exercise is more easily described. This image should suffice.

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Other Lower Back Exercises
Recently I came across a WebMD site that displayed a good selection of exercises for lower back pain. I selected the ones here:

Coming next week: Exercises rated most effective, and tai chi for Parkinson's.

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