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back pain relief
If you want to improve your posture and decrease pain , theses exercises will help.
Sit up straight with elbows at sides and bent to 90 degrees (right angle).
Push shoulders together and down, with palms facing the floor.
Make a waxing motion in the air while maintaining the above position. **Keep elbows "glued" to sides while completing motion.**
Do this for 20 seconds. Repeat 4 times.
Stand against wall with feet shoulder width apart.
Gently press low back against wall.
Place back of elbows, forearms, and wrists against wall.
Bring arms up and down slowly in a small arc of motion while keeping elbows in contact with wall.
Do this 10 times.
PRONE LYING SCAPULAR EXERCISE
Lie on stomach on a pillow, with forehead resting on a rolled towel to keep neck in neutral.
Bring arms out to sides with elbows bent to 90 degrees.
Lift arms up while squeezing shoulder blades together.
Hold each 3-5 seconds, and do 3 sets of 5-10 repetitions.
Sit up straight on a chair.
Keep elbows very close to sides and pull back on a resistive band as shoulder blades come back and down.
Return to start position slowly.
Do 3 sets of 5 repetitions.
ISOMETRIC ABDOMINAL EXERCISE
Sit in chair with back supported.
Tighten stomach as if someone were going to punch it.
Press fingers into abdomen and tighten abdominals even more to resist pressure of fingers. ** keep breathing!!!**
Hold 15 seconds. Repeat 5 times.
Stand with buttocks, and back against wall.
Bring feet to 12" from wall. **Keep back against wall.**
Lower down until knees are bent to about 60 degrees keeping abdominals tight.
Raise back up to where knees are slightly bent.
Do 3 sets of 10 repetitions.
SIT TO STANDS
Sit at edge of chair with feet slightly behind knees.
Stand up while keeping neck erect and spine erect. Your back should not bend forward.
Immediately return to sitting, but do not put full weight on chair.
Do 3 sets of 10 repetitions slowly.