"I’ve had back problems and had to have physical therapy and tablets since 11. Even though my back is not as bad as it once was, when I do get some back pain is there anything I can do to ease the pain? "
The simple answer to this question is to exercise your lower back: Make it as strong as you can.
What is an example of an exercise that strengthens the lumbar area? The bird dog exercise: See picture below.
- Basically, you get on all fours first.
- Then balance to put the right hand up, then bring the left leg up. Hold this position for 10–15 seconds.
- Repeat this by bringing up the left hand and extending out the left leg.
- Repeat this 5 times to start
This exercise will not only strengthen your lower back but it will also strengthen your core muscles. I remember doing this for many workout classes at my local gym. It is also a great exercise for your gluteus maximus muscles as well. Who knew that just one exercise would work your stomach, your lower back, your butt, and your thighs.
You may have to start this exercise by only bringing up one arm or bringing up one leg. Then add the 2nd component of raising the opposite limb and side. Also, its better to do a few bird dog stances, than doing a whole bunch but with the wrong posture.
If you get good at this exercise, there are many advanced versions of the bird and dog exercise. It is powerful in many ways. Practice makes perfect.