Video Series: Exercises to Keep a Healthy Back

5 Back Stretches and Exercises You Should Be Doing Every Day

These exercises we’ve put together for low back pain can be used in a couple of ways.

General Back Ache
You may have woken up with back pain, a leftover strain from something you did yesterday. Perhaps you lifted something heavy without using proper lifting techniques, or maybe your back couldn’t take the strain of gardening all afternoon. Your pain isn’t severe enough to go into the doctor; in fact, most back pain is a muscle sprain or strain that will go away on its own in a few weeks.

But until your pain goes away, you’d like some easy exercises and stretches to do to bring relief. In that case, these exercise videos will help you.

General Back Health
Let’s face it: even if you don’t have back pain right now, you probably have had it at some point—and you’ll probably have it again. To keep your back healthy, you should try to keep it strong, mobile, and flexible. Going through these easy stretches and exercises will help you do just that. Consider incorporating them into your normal exercise routine or making them something you do when you first get up every day.

Here are some important things to keep in mind as you do these low back exercises:

  • These videos are general guidelines. If you experience any pain or other symptoms (weakness, tingling, numbness, etc.), please contact your spine professional immediately. Increasing pain or other symptoms could indicate a more serious spinal condition (such as degenerative disc disease or spondylolisthesis) that demands medical care.
  • If you think of exercising as a 10 mile run followed by weight lifting, you may have to modify your exercise plan because of your pain. While extended bed rest is no longer recommended for back pain, you may have to take it easy for a few days if you have a particularly painful flare-up.