When you’re dealing with the aches and oftentimes debilitating soreness of low back pain, there’s a good chance all you want to do is stay in bed. Yet research published in the journal JAMA found that any kind of exercise—whether it’s core strengthening, aerobic exercise, or stretching—is the best way to ease pain and reduce the risk of another back pain attack.
- Low Back Twist This movement not only helps to stretch your lower back but also your glutes, which can tighten when you’re experiencing low back pain, ultimately causing more pain
- The Pelvic Tilt When you’re suffering from low back pain, you might feel as if your entire pelvic area is immovable. This stretch can help you start to bring some movement back to this area gently
- Child’s Pose This common yoga posture gently stretches the muscles of the low back, which are likely contracted if you’re in pain
“The nice thing about gentle stretching is that it’s feasible to do when you’re in pain—and often provides the fastest relief, says Jamie Costello, fitness director at the Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa”