Lower Back Pain Stretching
You’ve heard it time and again – lower back pain stretching does help in alleviating the discomfort you are feeling. You’re supposed to be alleviating discomfort, so feeling more pain as you do your low back pain stretching may mean that you are doing something wrong.
This is one of those instances wherein “no pain, no gain” does not apply and powering through the pain is not advisable. In fact, doing these things can cause further injury on your lower back, which will derail the healing process instead of helping you heal sooner.
So what could you be possibly doing wrong with regards to your lower back pain stretching routine? Generally, it’s going to boil down to two things: you are doing the wrong lower back stretching exercises for your condition, or you are not following proper instructions for the stretching exercises.
The wrong lower back exercises
Like many things, there are certain lower back exercises that will work best for you. This is probably supported by the fact that different people have different reasons for needing lower back pain stretching exercises.
It’s pretty much like trying to match the solution to the problem. No matter how good a solution is, if it doesn’t fit the problem at hand, then it won’t work to give you the desired results (less pain and stiffness). This isn’t to say that the solution, which is in this case a stretching exercise, is not effective on its own, because it is. It is just not made for the problem you have at the moment, which is the kind of lower back pain you have.
Not following instructions
As with anything, you are only able to fully benefit from lower back pain stretching exercises if you are following instructions properly and the instructor has given you the right instructions to begin with. Worse than not doing stretching exercises at all is doing low back pain stretches improperly because this can lead to further injury.
You don’t want that, so you have to make sure that you know what you are doing. Just make sure that you do enough research beforehand by checking out sites like the Safe Stretching Guide where you can learn how to stretch your back and other muscle groups safely without causing more injury. There are a lot of resources out there so you shouldn’t have to worry about running out of sites and pages to visit for all the information you need. It might also be a good idea to check several different sources so you have a better idea of what is involved in doing a certain stretching exercise.
A lot of the things you encounter in life could’ve turned out better had you been armed with more information. After all, knowledge is power, and anything you have information on can be used to the best of their abilities. As for lower back pain stretching exercises, this involves knowing all the steps you need to make to successfully do a stretch, as well as knowing the rationale behind a stretch, like which part of the lower backs does it target and why.
A good way to assess which stretches you should do is here.
How to prepare
Knowing what you need for a lower back stretching exercise is just one part of preparing for actually doing it. As they say, you’ll only really be able to learn something by actually doing it so practicing will also play a role in helping you prepare. For instance, practicing a certain stretch tells you that you cannot actually perform the stretch because you are not limber enough. After learning that, you can then set out to look for alternatives to the stretch or variations you can do to achieve the same results without having to do exactly the same exercise. This way, you still get the most out of the stretching exercise without hurting yourself, ultimately ensuring that you get the benefits you are looking for.