10 Stretching Exercises to Relieve Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain and chronic lower back pain affects 80% of people according to the National Center for Health Statistics. It is the leading reason in the world for disability based on a 2010 study, Global Burden of Disease. Lower back pain can be so intense it incapacitates people for days and weeks. If you’ve ever experienced back pain, you know just how agonizing it can be to move and go about your daily life. The worst part is there is very little respite from the pain even if you sit or try to sleep.

People cope with the pain in many ways from pain relief pills to regular visits to chiropractors. Of course, there are those people, due to the cause of their back pain, that opt for surgery. However, for most people, regular stretching and strengthening of the muscles around the lower back can have a dramatic effect on the level of pain they experience.

There are many different types of exercises for the lower back and most are effective if you have the discipline to spend 10 to 15 minutes everyday working through the cycle that works best for you. Whatever exercises you choose, most revolve around warming up and stretching the muscles around the lower back, the outside of the hips, inside of the hips and the abdomen.