Whether you are suffering from lower back pain or not, it is very important to do a proper warm up before doing any workout routine. They’re designed to get you ready for higher intensity movements. To be able to carry through these high intensity workouts, you need to warm up properly, especially if you are suffering from lower back pain.
These warm-up exercises for lower back pain promote health and strength, by opening up the blood vessels and increasing the blood flow and oxygen; this induces a natural soothing effect to the area allowing your muscles to relax and lengthen. On a side note, if you experience sharp pains while doing these warm ups, you may have a chronic problem that needs immediate attention. You may need a MRI or CT scan to isolate the problem and ultimately achieve back pain relief.
Start out your lower back warm up by doing a light standing twist; place your feet shoulder-width apart, keep your hips straight forward, and begin twisting. Look behind you and then back the other way. Allow your hips to twist slightly while looking back. As you’re looking over your shoulder, your weight should be on that foot. Allow your back foot to rise up to your toe as you slowly twist as far as you can.
This is one of the most effective crunch workouts, as it hits all of your core muscle fibers at once. Assume a standard crunch position; raise your torso to a 45 degree angle, then twist to one side, or to both sides in one crunch. For further challenge, extend your legs and pretend to pedal a bicycle while you continue to crunch and twist. There are a variety of exercises that you can do from this position too. You could just do the bicycle, or you could do V-ups where you raise both legs (knees straight), and touch your knees or toes.
Bend your knees; keep them together, twisting slowly from side to side. Your body is beginning to warm up now, and this exercise is great for stretching the muscles that are attached to your spine in your lower back. You may need to adjust the angle of your knees and speed to suit what is comfortable for you.
This should be done slowly and lightly if pain is present. Lie on your stomach in a push-up position and raise your torso up off the ground. It may not look like it, but it does help your lower back mobility.
These warm up exercises can help you achieve back pain relief without medication, restore balance, and increase blood flow to your lower back. The more warm up and stretching you do before your workout routine, the more you will increase your body’s range of motion; allowing for a better workout.
Author Bio: Greg Cowart works for backpainrelief.net, and has suffered from back pain for years. He has been researching back pain relief ever since the mid 90s, when he had to have his back surgery on his L5-S1 disc.