Here is a great exercise you can do if you have hurt your back and are in acute low back pain. It’s a simple knee hug and involves bringing your knees to your chest, in an oscillatory manner, in order to pump some fresh blood into your low back, stretch out the muscles of the low back, and to shift some inflammation that has built up in that area.
Often you will find that your back pain is worse in the morning, which is due to a build of inflammation overnight. You can do this exercise first thing in the morning and throughout the day if you are in pain. But please remember, if you have low back pain, make sure to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan from your osteopath or healthcare provider, before you engage in any sort of exercise.
Lorraine Herity is the Clinic Director of Better Health Osteopathy in Christchurch, New Zealand. She previously worked in Osteopathic clinics in London and Ireland, before moving to New Zealand. Lorraine trained at the British School of Osteopathy in London, where she gained her Master of Osteopathy (M.Ost). Lorraine is a dedicated and passionate Osteopath. Her main aim is to help her patients regain their health, and to return her patients back to their everyday activities, in as quick a time as possible.