Back pain exercises
Learn some simple exercises to ease your back pain
Back pain can be a very debilitating experience and often sufferers seek out conventional and herbal medicines to relieve the pain. However, there are alternatives ways of alleviating back pain and even preventing it from occurring in the first place. Gentle exercises can loosen inflamed muscles and alleviate stiffness and discomfort. This page describes the best exercises to practice to ease your particular type of back pain.
Why is stretching important?
No matter how well a workstation is designed, problems may arise if attention is not paid to the way the work is done. Working at a computer often involves very few changes in body position. This lack of movement can lead to muscle pain and strain.
Back / Side Stretch
Interlace your fingers and lift your arms over your head, keeping the elbows straight. Press arms as far back as you can. To stretch your sides, slowly lean to the left and then to the right.
Bring your arms in front of your body, or behind to stretch the shoulder blades and chest.
Middle / Upper Back Stretch
Hold your right arm with your left hand just above the elbow. Gently push your elbow toward your left shoulder. Hold stretch for 5 seconds. Repeat with your left arm.
Back Curl (will also stretch your legs)
Grasp your shin. Lift the leg off the floor. Bend forward (curling your back), and reach your nose to your knee. Repeat with the other leg.
Ankle Flex and Stretch
Hold one foot off the floor with your leg straight. Alternately flex your ankle (point your toes up) and extend (point your toes down). Repeat with the other leg.
Sit forward on the chair so that your back is not touching the chair's back. Place feet flat on the floor. With a straight leg, lift one foot a few inches off the floor. Hold momentarily, and return your foot to the floor. Repeat with the other leg.
When standing, keep knees slightly bent. Place your hands on your lower back and gently push your hands forward while leaning back slightly.
Sit with one leg across the other. Place your arm or elbow on the outside of the crossed leg. Gently apply pressure, while looking the opposite way. Repeat with the other leg.
Texts excerpted from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
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