Anyone with lower back problems knows how much of a downer it is for your day-to-day life. As far as the best exercise machines go, it depends on what kind of lower back problem you have and if it’s a condition you have or a result of an injury you sustained. Let’s get into which machines work for lower back problems and how you may be able to alleviate them.
What Lower Back Problems Do You Have?
There are different types of lower back problems. There are herniated discs, muscle spasms or strains, and spinal curvatures. A herniated disc can be extremely painful. You can experience pain in the back, arm, leg, and foot. Symptoms include recurrent back muscle spasms, numbness or tingling along your thigh, muscle weakness, and even burning in the shoulders, neck, or arm. Consider using a TENS & EMS machine to help with the pain.
Muscle spasms usually occur due to dehydration or heat exhaustion. Unfortunately, these often occur without warning because, by the time you realize you’re dehydrated, it’s usually too late to fix the problem quickly. Heat exhaustion can also be sudden, especially during the summer. Strains are more common if you’ve pulled a muscle in your back. Though they are usually not serious, they can be extremely painful.
Spinal curvatures are usually a condition from birth though they may not be apparent until you’re a bit older. This condition will cause your body to look a little different when you stand. This is a severe type of spinal deformity. Usually, people with spinal curvatures, unfortunately, will be no strangers to back pain.
What Machines To Use?
A TENS machine is really great for the back because you can use it to target the lower back while you work out. It’s best to work out on the elliptical machine with a TENS machine. The elliptical machine is a great way to get in a cardio workout without putting too much stress on your lower back. It also helps strengthen your core muscles, which are essential for stabilizing your spine during other exercises.
The stationary bike is another good machine. The stationary bike is great for getting in a cardio workout without too much stress on your spine or lower back. The seat on this machine is usually adjustable, so you can change it depending on how low you want it set and how far forward or backward you want it positioned from the handlebars. The more distance between the handlebars and the seat, the more pressure on your lower back.
HiDow’s XPD-12 machine is also a great machine to use on your lower back when you work out because it’s wireless. With this machine, you do not have to worry about getting tangled in your machine, and you can just focus on the stress relief you get from your workout.
Which Stretches Are Good For Lower Back Problems?
There are certain stretches for lower back stretches and yoga movements that work better than others. The knee-to-chest exercise is one of them. For this exercise, lie on the floor on your back, and use a yoga mat for comfort. Bend your knees to have your feet flat on the floor. Then bring one knee to your chest while keeping the other foot flat on the floor, or keeping the other leg straight, do what feels best on your lower back. Repeat until you feel some relief.
Another stretch that may alleviate your lower back problems is to lay on the floor on your back with your legs straight. Bring one leg up to your chest comfortably and bring your leg across your body, allowing your lower back to stretch.
Both of these exercises will work with any of the HiDow Spot machines to help alleviate your lower back problems!