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Stretches to Aid Lower Back Pain

As I get older I notice more and more often that I am getting pain in areas I never dreamed I'd feel pain in. My most recent struggle has been with lower back pain. A great deal of this pain comes from the way I sit, I have HORRIBLE posture. But additionally, some of this pain comes from not stretching my lower back or abdomen enough. These are really my 3 main reasons for lower back pain, but there are other reasons as well.

Causes for lower back pain:

  • Not enough stretching

  • Tight abdomen muscles

  • Poor posture

  • Incorrect lifting technique

  • Injury to your lower back

  • Infection

  • Kidney stones

  • And many more.

There are different ways to relieve the pain, but I try to utilize stretching as much as possible. I like to avoid anti-inflammatory medications in my everyday life and am working toward a 100% holistic lifestyle. Yoga and stretching can be so beneficial and is a great way to not only relieve lower back pain, but also to maintain an active lifestyle.

My 5 Stretches for Lower Back Pain:

Upward Dog - This stretch is excellent for your abdomen and can help ease tension in your stomach that is causing tightness in your back.

Downward Dog - A great stretch to help release your lower back.

Cat-Cow - Works with both releasing your lower back and stretching out your abdomen.

Lying Ball - Another great release stretch for your back. Try this one on a hard surface and roll around slightly to get a nice massage along your back.

Lying Glute Stretch - Great for stretching out your glute muscles, which connect to your lower back.

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