Nothing can ruin your day quicker than back pain and while healthier habits can help resolve the underlying problem, exercise remains a key element of almost any lower back pain treatment plan. Typically an exercise program will be developed and taught by a spine health professional, such as a physical therapist, chiropractor, or physiatrist, and will include three components: aerobic conditioning, stretching, and strengthening. The exercises are best done through a controlled, progressive program, with the goal of building toward a stronger, more flexible spine. If you want to follow such a program, which we recommend, we have a great resource for you here.
Unfortunately, lower back pain is not something you can simply ignore until it goes away. We have found the following exercises to be extremely effective in alleviating this type of pain and discomfort, even after only a few exercises. If you experience a dull pain in your lower back from time to time, or the momentary sharp pain, either from sitting long hours or bad posture, this is as good a place as any to start taking care of your lower back.