If you’re suffering from low back pain due to slipped or herniated discs, it’s important to know which exercises to do to help decrease the pain and heal the disc injury, but it’s also VERY IMPORTANT to understand which exercises can cause harm.

Generally speaking, people with a disc herniation in the low back have more pain whenever they bend forward from the waist.

For this reason exercises such as sit-ups and leg lifts, which cause lumbar flexion, can cause an increase in pain and/or pain going down the leg (sciatica).

Other things you want to avoid with a herniated disc are smoking and too much bed rest.

With herniated discs in the low back, you also want to avoid activities such as lifting heavy objects and twisting motions.

So movements around your house such as lifting grocery bags, laundry baskets, or picking up anything from the floor can increase your low back pain.

Either get help from someone in your house or practice proper lifting techniques to prevent flare-ups.

You can also practice isometric exercises, which strengthen your core without bending your waist.

At Boze Family Chiropractic and Wellness Center, we believe that chiropractic care has been proven to be one of the most effective treatments for neck pain, low back pain, headaches, auto injuries, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, sciatica and many more neuromusculoskeletal conditions people suffer from every day. With the opioid epidemic in the United States more and more focus is being placed on conservative treatment options. Leading the way is chiropractic.