Exercise is such an important thing for all of us to be doing for a whole host of reasons. In the lower back in particular, doing the right kinds of exercises for the lower back as part of an overall exercise routine can be such an important thing.
Most of us at some point in our lives are going to experience some kind of lower back pain. Most of us can probably prevent a lot of it if we took the time to do a few simple exercises to help take the pressure off the back and keep the back nice and healthy. The trouble is getting people to do those exercises before the fact. If we all just took an ounce of prevention, it would go a long way to alleviate a lot of the problems of lower back pain.

Muscles in the low back, abdomen, buttocks, and hips are all necessary for supporting and stabilizing the spine. Keeping these muscles active and strong can help avoid low back injury, and can minimize pain if the spine does become injured.

Aim to do this routine at least once a day if the pain allows. You can complement this routine with walking, cycling and water-based activities. You are advised to seek medical advice before starting these back pain exercises, and to stop immediately if you feel any pain.


1. Bottom To Heels Stretch:
Stretches and mobilizes the spine



Start position: Kneel on all fours, with your knees under hips and hands under shoulders. Don\’t over-arch your lower back. Keep your neck long, your shoulders back and don\’t lock your elbows.

Action: Slowly take your bottom backwards, maintaining the natural curve in the spine. Hold the stretch for one deep breath and return to the starting position.

Repeat 8 to 10 times.

2. Knee Rolls
Stretches and mobilizes the spine



Start position: Lie on your back. Place a small flat cushion or book under your head. Keep your knees bent and together. Keep your upper body relaxed and your chin gently tucked in.

Action: Roll your knees to one side, followed by your pelvis, keeping both shoulders on the floor. Hold the stretch for one deep breath and return to the starting position.

Repeat 8 to 10 times, alternating sides.

3. Back Extensions

Stretches and mobilizes the spine backwards



Start position: Lie on your stomach, and prop yourself on your elbows, lengthening your spine. Keep your shoulders back and neck long.

Action: Keeping your neck long, arch your back up by pushing down on your hands. You should feel a gentle stretch in the stomach muscles as you arch backwards. Breathe and hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Return to the starting position.

Repeat 8 to 10 times.

4. Deep abdominal strengthening
Strengthens the deep supporting muscles around the spine



Start position: Lie on your back. Place a small, flat cushion or book under your head. Bend your knees and keep your feet straight and hip-width apart. Keep your upper body relaxed and your chin gently tucked in.

Action: As you breathe out, draw up the muscles of your pelvis and lower abdominals, as though you were doing up an imaginary zip along your stomach. Hold this gentle contraction while breathing from your abdomen for 5 to 10 breaths, and relax.

Repeat 5 times.

5. Pelvic TiltsStretches and strengthens the lower back



Start position: Lie on your back. Place a small, flat cushion or book under your head. Bend your knees and keep your feet straight and hip-width apart. Keep your upper body relaxed and your chin gently tucked in.

Action: Gently flatten your low back into the floor and contract your stomach muscles. Now tilt your pelvis towards your heels until you feel a gentle arch in your lower back, feeling your back muscles contracting and return to the starting position.

Repeat 10 to 15 times, tilting your pelvis back and forth in a slow rocking motion.