Manipulation May: Low Back

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Manipulation May: Low Back

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The lumbar spine, or “low back,” often becomes stiff or painful due to muscle imbalances and faulty movement patterns. Low back pain (LBP) has become the second most common cause of disability in American adults, and approximately 80% of American adults will report at least one episode of LBP in their lifetime [1] [2]. Comprised of five individual vertebrae, the lumbar spine is a major weight bearing area of the body and endures the stress and force when carrying objects.

In certain cases of LBP, physical therapists can use a manipulation technique to provide a “reset” to the joints of the lumbar spine in order to improve overall therapeutic outcomes. This procedure is best supplemented with exercises to strengthen lumbar stabilizing muscles and promote flexibility. Here are a few exercises to try to help relieve low back pain:



  1. Quadruped Alternating Arms and Legs (Bird-Dogs):
  1. Prone Press-Ups:

For more information on how to perform these exercises, check our Facebook and Instagram, or make an appointment with one of our therapists to have an individual plan created for you!

 

  1. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevalence of disabilities and associated health conditions among adults--United States, 1999. JAMA. 2001; 285(12):1571–1572. [PubMed: 11302137].

  1. Rubin DI. Epidemiology and risk factors for spine pain. Neurol Clin. 2007; 25(2):353–371. [PubMed: 17445733].
Rachel DiMario, PT, DPT