Why choose flexion?
It is important to always begin with this disclaimer: always consult with a medical professional before beginning any of the below-mentioned exercises, as they may not be right for you. Every person's back pain is an individual case, and it should be treated as such. That being said, flexion-based exercises are generally advisable for people struggling with lower back pain, those with exaggerated lumbar lordosis, muscle imbalances and spinal stenosis.
What is flexion?
Flexion, to give it its most general description, involves forward bending. Depending on what is causing your back pain, flexion-based exercise could be the right choice for you. Exaggerated curvature in the lumbar spine generally points towards a muscle imbalance in the core. Seen most often in people who sit a lot are:
- Weakness in the glutes
- Weak abdominals and hamstrings
- Tightness in the hip flexors
- Anterior pelvic tilt
All of these factors combine to create a pull at the base of your spine, causing your lower back to arch too much and your buttocks to stick out excessively. It is an awkward-looking position that also puts your spine at risk. Flexion focuses on addressing this imbalance by strengthening the above-identified weak muscles and stretching those that are overly-tight.
- The Pelvic tilt
- Single knee to chest, both knees to chest
- Hamstring stretches
- Forward lunges
- Quadriceps stretch
- Wall slides
Who should not choose flexion?
Flexion-based exercises are generally not advisable for people who have crippling back pain, sciatica-like symptoms or herniated discs. These conditions benefit more from extension based exercises which will be discussed in our next blog.
Remember: the wrong exercise can lead to pain
Always make sure you know where you and your spine stand before beginning a new exercise regime. Most of the exercises we identified above are suitable for beginners and can be found with a quick google search. If you need help determining what course to choose for your spine, give our office in Bridgewater a call to schedule an appointment today. We are your go-to spinal health resource and we want to help you institute a plan that includes chiropractic care and an appropriate exercise plan today.