What's the best exercise (s) for lower back pain?

Yoga! Often the best exercise for your low back doesn't involve exercising the low back at all. Stretching the back, and strengthening the abdominal and oblique muscles, as well as stretching hamstrings and glutes (buttocks) can really help. Massage (rolling on one or two tennis balls in a sock on a carpeted floor) is good, but in the longer run, yoga is terrific.
"Superman" exercises. Back injuries should always be checked by your doctor, especially if chronic or if one experiences symptoms down the legs. The superman exercise is ideal for strengthening the back muscles. Lie on your stomach, arms outstretched in front; lift the rt. Arm/shoulder and left leg/hip off the floor for 5 seconds, then repeat on the opposite side, do 12 sets, twice a day. See my back pain healthguide.
See below. A gentle home exercise program that focuses on core strengthening is going to be your best bet. A great resource for this can be found at www.therehabzone.com.
Depends. If flexion (bending forward) makes your pain worse, then extension exercises are best. If extension (bending backward) makes your pain worse, then pelvic tilt and flexion exercises are better.

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Best exercise to lower back pain?

Core strengthening. Exercises that strengthen the core can be helpful in maintaining integrity and reduce stress on the spine. Typically disc herniations will resolve on their own as soon as 3-6 weeks or as late as 6-9 months. Just depends on how you take care of yourself, exercise, anti-inflammatories, tylenol (acetaminophen) and if you need to lose weight that will help immensely. Read more...
Swimming . There are many stretches to do on land, but if you have access to a pool or lake, doing whatever swimming strokes you are most comfortable with, is an excellent way to loosen up your back. Just think about stretching your whole body to its full length as you put your arms in the water with each stroke. Don't worry about how far or fast you swim. Even 15 minutes 3+ times a week will help a lot. . Read more...
See below. A gentle home exercise program that focuses on core strengthening is going to be your best bet. A great resource for this can be found at www.therehabzone.com. Read more...
See Physical Therapy. Most patients with low back pain will benefit by using physical therapy exercise for pain relief. It should be monitored by a physical therapist to ensure follow through and avoid problems. Read more...

What's the best way to end lower back pain?

Get it evaluated. If this is a chronic problem, get it evaluated. In young males, low back pain may be due to an inflammatory arthritis (spondylitis) or a mechanical issue. Read more...
Back pain. The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... The treatment depends on the cause of the pain. It can include physical therapy, exercise, medications, injections ... Please seek help from a pain management doctor, you might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. Read more...

Which backrest is best for lower back pain?  

See below. You want something that promotes good posture. Anything that encourates a curvature of the back just above your hips is fine. I bought a special back support on line but actually a cylinder shaped pillow that i bought at wal-mart works better. They cost about the same, maybe 15 dollars. Read more...
Depends on you. There are so many different back rests and so many different people. The best thing is to try a few out and see what feels the best for your individual anatomy. Read more...

How can exercise help relieve lower back pain?

Most of back pain. Can get better if you stay active, avoid positions and activities that may increase or cause back pain.Hen you no longer have acute pain, you may be ready for gentle strengthening exercises for your stomach, back, and legs, and perhaps for some stretching exercises. Exercise may not only help decrease low back pain, but it may also help you recover faster, prevent prevent reinjury to your back. Read more...

What is the best way to releive lower back pain?

Exercise. There are many studies on the subject of lower back pain. The majority suggest the best method of controlling chronic lower back pain is exercise to create core strength and loose weight. I also suggest daily stretching and core strength exercises. You can find these exercises at: http://harvardneurosurgeon.Com/pt2.Html. Read more...
Work-Up. There are many ways to treat back pain, but this is an open ended question as it depends on the cause. The most common cause is musculoskeletal strain/sprain which usually is treated with rest, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy/massage. If the cause is more involved such as a bulging disc, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis etc. Then treatments vary widely. First, get a good work-up. Read more...

What is the best way to alleviate lower back pain?

What caused it!!! The obvious is to avoid/eliminate what caused the pain....But at times it is not possible. Simple sprain/strain typically improve in 2-3 wks time. If you have disc disease/spinal problems etc....More involved treatment modalities are likely needed...So, first is to have it checked out by for doc.. Read more...
Depends... Back pain from normal activity will usually respond to otc meds such as tylenol, (acetaminophen) aleve, or advil. You should take precautions to protect your back from injury by lifting properly and asking for help when appropriate. Use a back brace/support when working for long durations. Read more...
Correct diagnosis... Fortunately, most low back pain does not last long and does respond to otc meds. However, finding the diagnosis is most important. Stay away from clinics or doctors that push narcotics! Read more...