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How can stretching help for back pain?

How can stretching help for  back pain?

Is stretching a cure: In my osteopathic manipulative pain practice, i actually find that in many cases, tight muscles are not the root cause of pain; they are a result of loose ligaments in the spine, sacral, & pelvic regions. Ligaments should prevent too much motion, but muscle should create motion. Loose ligaments can't do their jobs, so muscles tighten to do it for them. Prolotherapy is often better than stretching. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How long must stretching exercises for back pain take?

How long must stretching exercises for back pain take?

10-15 minutes: Stretching for back it take about 15 minutes you extended for 30 minutes if you feel comfortable. ...Read more

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How often must someone do stretching exercises for back pain?

How often must someone  do stretching exercises for back pain?

As often as you can.: I don't know what is causing your back pain, but it wouldn't change my response very much. Back pain is most commonly caused by posture, and muscle imbalance leading to spasm. Exercise should help promote awareness of your body and your posture, strengthen what you need to strengthen, and stretch what you need to stretch. Yoga is ideal for this. Body awareness will help prevent re-injury, too. ...Read more

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How does stretching my hamstrings help with back pain?

How does stretching my hamstrings help with back pain?

Decrease stresses : By making the hamstrings more flexible, your pelvis positioning can change reducing stresses across the lower back. ...Read more

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Better to focus on stretching or building muscle for back pain? New job turning, changing and lifting adults killing my back. Need quick results!

Back pain: Having a strong and flexible back is always a good thing, but consider the role of proper rest on a comfortable mattress as a therapy. You also need to contact your supervisor at work since your back pain is work related and you are entitled under workman's compensation law to be treated for you problem without you having to pay. ...Read more

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Any advice for back pain on the right lower side? (Uncomfortable to sit or lay down.) I have tried stretching and apply heat. Nothing helps.

Yes!: Get a diagnosis for what is causing your back pain! There are myriad cause serious causes and treatments can be very different depending on the cause. You can try to make a virtual consult but the best thing would be to see a live doc and give a complete history and physical examination and if necessary radiological examination and laboratory examination. Then once you have a diagnosis a treatment ...Read more

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Lower-middle back pain. should I be resting completely, working out still or something in between like stretching? notice stretching helps temporality

RICE method: Studies show rest, ice,heat (modalities) and Physical Therapy are beneficial for back pain. You probably have back sprain from some activity that requires rest to heal. However a full medical history and exam are needed. For instance, if you have had trauma or have scoliosis or other contributing factors we need to know. With low back pain, studies show yoga is effective, as is physical therapy. ...Read more

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What stretching exercises can I do o help lower back pain?

What stretching exercises can I do o help lower back pain?

Core exercises: Non-impact exercises such as stretching, bicycling, elliptical machine, and swimming can be helpful. Avoid impact activities such as running. Strengthening of the core muscles can be very helpful as well. ...Read more

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18 year old female. Upper back pain for several days.Its noticed most when stretching and lying down. It worries me.?

Dysfunctional rib?: Could be referred pain from some organ, but unlikely.Key is the pain w/ stretching out & lying flat.Ribs should rise & fall w/ inhaling/exhaling, but when they lock down so they can't rise with inhalation or stretching/straightening, pain-sharp or severe aching-results, usually in upper back.Vertebrae may also be involved.A good osteopathic exam may find the cause & gentle manipulation may fix it. ...Read more

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How will stretching my hamstrings help with lower back pain?

Connected to back: The hamstrings are connected to your pelvis, which is connected to your back. As a result, tight hamstrings pull on your back, causing low back pain. Keeping them stretched and limber can often provide significant relief. ...Read more

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How can stretching my hamstrings help with lower back pain?

How can  stretching my hamstrings help with lower back pain?

Tight Hammies: Understand there is a complex relationship between the normal curvatures of the spine, and the rotation of your pelvis. When hamstrings are tight, this reverses these curves slightly, changing the way your spine bears weight. Loosen up these hamstrings, and the spine/pelvis can be free to accommodate the normal balance of your spine. ...Read more

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Since having my son, I have thoracic back pain/tightness only when twisting or stretching. What could this be?

Since having my son, I have thoracic back pain/tightness only when twisting or stretching. What could this be?

Hi: It could be something you did on the birthing table or carrying him around. I would suggest some exercises focused on the mid back and a manipulation by an Osteopath of chiropractor. ...Read more

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Played hockey. Increased lower back pain during game. Following day cannot bend over. Suggestions other than rest and stretching?

Played hockey. Increased lower back pain during game.  Following day cannot bend over.  Suggestions other than rest and stretching?

First, try to see : If you are have good flexibility to begin with then consider more core strengthening. Try heat via heating pad or hot tub. If no response, you can try taking some otc medication if no contraindications when you play. If no help, then seek evaluation by a physician. If overweight, try to trim down and if smoking, stop. If you are not a flexible person then you need to work on this as well. ...Read more

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What should someone do with early signs if kyphosis? My back pain is preventing me from sitting, laying, standing. Stretching, exercise, posture?

Please be seen: If you have a lot of functionally limiting back pain you should be seen. At your age kyphosis can be postural or it could be from schuermann's. You should be seen to be evaluated for your pain. Certain exercises can be very helpful in some cases. ...Read more

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What is left sided back pain in the kidney area that comes and goes in 4-6 hrs. A sudden sharp pain that no amount of stretching or heat gets rid.

What is left sided back pain in the kidney area that comes and goes in 4-6 hrs. A sudden sharp pain that no amount of stretching or heat gets rid.

Stones vs. spasms: Clearly back problems can result in flank region discomfort. However my concern in that location is always whether or not the symptoms could be originating from the kidneys. Kidney stones cause a condition called renal colic. In renal colic severe pain which comes and goes periodically can occur. A simple urine analysis will help to determine whether or not this might be the problem. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain (bottom right). Do pt stretching exercies 4x/wk. Have relief until next activity (golf, run, etc). Need a better solution?

I have lower back pain (bottom right).  Do pt stretching exercies 4x/wk.  Have relief until next activity (golf, run, etc).  Need a better solution?

If you are getting : Relief with your exercises at 4x/wk then maybe it needs to be 7x/wk and/or modifying your activities or increasing your core workouts. Sometimes, use of otc meds with activities that may provoke your symptoms can help modify the symptoms as well as long as there are no medical reasons that you cannot use medication like Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen).. ...Read more

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Bad lower back pain. I've been exercising and stretching to help with the pain. Woke up this morning could barely stand up or sit down. Hurts to walk?

Back Pain: You need to see a spine specialist and have x-rays or MRI to check for disc problems and the like. At 22 years old you are way to young to be suffering from back pain where you can't stand up. Get checked as soon as you can. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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