Treating Low Back Pain With Exercise

Treating Low Back Pain With Exercise

Treating low back pain with exercise should be something you should consider, if low back pain is an issue with you. But you can’t expect to do everything yourself, can you? No! And this why chiropractic care, physiotherapy, acupuncture and everything else we do at Yellow Gazebo is really essential to maintaining good health and staying free from pain. Plus, it’s (of course!) useful for recovering from injury. We want to show you that: a. You can do something on your own to help, and b. We can guide you along the way so that you’re not alone. I personally have found that prescribing exercise can go a long way, and I’ve experienced first-hand the joys of having a good physiotherapist or chiropractor give me great treatment and great advice on exercise as well.

Now, before you stop reading and run to the gym to start working out again, it must be understood that exercising while in pain without the supervision of a trained health care professional can be dangerous. So if you do want to try some of these exercises, please come into Yellow Gazebo first, get an assessment, and go from there. Because what might work for one individual might not work for everyone, and if your pain is severe enough, it may be worthwhile to wait until such time that a health care professional deems it safe to exercise.

With that out of the way, one of the best exercises I can recommend for low back pain is the squat. Done properly, a squat (with no added weight) can go a long way to not only strengthen your legs, but can also help to align your hips such that pressure is taken off of your lower back, and pain is greatly reduced. Over time, a healthy regimen of squats might even keep you from ever having your back “go out” again. Watch this video to see how a “perfect” squat can be accomplished.

Another exercise that’s great for low back pain is stretching. That is, stretching your hamstrings muscles, your quadriceps muscles, and your hip muscles (especially your piriformis muscle in most cases). Watch this video for some good ways to stretch these muscles (you’ll also see an alternate way to squat that incorporates the whole body, using an exercise band).

Note: This is by no means an article intended to get you to expect exercise to cure your low back pain, but I do hope that with seeing one or more of our practitioners, and incorporating some stretching and strengthening, that you’ll find ways to stay healthy and active, and pain free as well.

Please take the time to learn more about treating low back pain with exercise by booking an appointment with one of our qualified health care professionals. For more info on who might be the best person for your own personal needs, please call us at 416-909-2334, email us at, or use the online booking link below to get started right away. Best of luck in your healing!

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