What are some good exercises to help relieve lower back pain?

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  1. Flow King

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    Hello, white belt here. I slipped a few discs in my lower back a couple of years ago that still give me trouble. What are some good exercises and or stretches that will help alleviate the pain? It usually starts acting up after a few hard rolls.
     
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    I would start with the McKinsey protocol for the lower back. These are primarily stretches. I've had really good results with the neck protocol.
     
  3. TrueBias

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    McKenzie pressups.

    Find "the most famous physical therapists on the internet" on youtube. They never tire talking about this shit.
     
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    Heavy deadlifts
     
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    foundation training gets some good rep. there is a 12 minute yt video.
     
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  6. Flow King

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    Thanks everyone, I'll be checking them out. Hope it helps.
     
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    Straight core exercises help me but there will be experts on YouTube talking about your specific problem and how to fix it.
     
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  8. Flow King

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    found them, they are hilarious
     
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    Check out the reverse hyper. It'll strengthen and stretch your entire posterior chain.

    My back was completely screwed until I started hammering these on a regular basis. Same thing you have, herniated discs.
     
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    Just a heads up, there's no specific thing that works for everything. The symptomatology is very different from person to person, and any disc herniations and protrusions can have very different pathologies. A lot of it is direction specific, meaning that for some extension will work while for others it'll make it worse. That's why you get screened before doing the McKenzie protocol. Most people have flexion based pain so some of the pressups makes sense, but again it doesn't for for all.

    What it means is, that people respond differently to different exercises, especially when it comes to lower back pain.

    Generally I'd say;

    In the acute phase, take anti-iflammatories and slow down anything that stresses your back.
    Find out what aggravated your back pain and stop doing that.
    Move your spine and body as much as you can without pain. Various stretches like cow/cat, knee bends, hamstring stretches, glut med. stretches, lower back stretches so forth. Again, different things will work for different people. The important thing is to keep moving, but be gentle and remember to relax and breathe into it.

    When then pain subsides, start doing very low impact core exercises. Modified deadbugs, bend leg raises, simply pressing your lower back into the floor with bent legs. It's important to do the easiest possible variations well, before moving on. Most people do something that is way too hard where they can't maintain any lower back control and stabilisation, which defies the whole point of the exercise. It's not about showing off. Again, see how you respond.

    When pain is better work into your usual training regiment, but remember what created the problem in the first place. You might want to re-learn some technical lifts, like deadlifts or any hinge really, or use blocks etc. Generally training your ass and legs will support your back. There's nothing wrong with using machines for a while if they alleviate the pain.

    Luckely about 90% of lower back pain subsides within 3 months, pretty much whatever you do. Still, there's no reason not to help it along and be aware of the triggers.
     
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  11. Flow King

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    Thank you very much for taking the time to inform me (and everyone else who is reading this) about rehabilitation. I will take into consideration and action the information you have provided.
     
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    No worries man. When you have spent enough time on it and worked with enough people with various disc and back problems (including yourself) you accumulate some experience. There's a lot of good ideas out there, but truth is that there's no hard evidence suggesting any one kind of treatment. Often times you end up back at the basics. Keep moving, don't aggravate the triggers and find choices and strength exercises that works for you, and builds you up.

    Anyway, hope it clears up! If it doesn't, seek out a professional.

    Keep us posted!
     
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    reverse hypers and yoga, srs.
     
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    Hip Thrusts helped me most.
     
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    Came here to say basically this. As he noted above, while exercise generally helps with back pain, there's nothing that notes a particular exercise as being the silver bullet.
     
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    Haha those two are the best!
     
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    I think it is different for everyone depending where you are tight at. For me if I stretch glute and hip, I would get back relief.
     
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