Do you need to do lower back pain stretching exercises? Some well meaning friend or relative tell you so. Or maybe your doctor has recommended stretching. Should you go ahead and start doing some?
Maybe... maybe not.
To simply jump into doing lower back pain stretching exercises without:
...will probably yield unsatisfactory results.
You need to understand what is the action of your stretching and what is it effecting.
For example, is your lower back pain primarily related to DDD? Is there nerve compression causing sciatica?
Guess what? Stretching tight hamstrings in the presence of sciatica will also stretch your sciatic nerve and will surely make your sciatica worse.
Not such a good idea.
However, stretching the quadratus lumborum or gluteal muscles may be very beneficial.
A good rule to follow would be to try the lower back pain stretching exercises first.
To achieve balanced muscle tone you need a balanced structure. Make sure that before you start stretching, or at the same time, you also correct your structural and postural deficits.
Work towards total fitness as your ultimate goal. You are 50-100 pounds overweight, you have a sedentary lifestyle, you lack normal muscle strength and endurance, you smoke which deprives your muscle of need oxygen yet you believe that somehow if you just do a few stretches you will cure your lower back pain.
Believe that and I also have an elixir that if you just take one tablespoon three times per day it will fix all your lower back problems.
Come on! If you owned a prized race horse would you not do your best to keep him in tip-top shape and do everything needed to help him stay healthy.
Why not do the same for your own body…
...it is far more valuable than any race horse.
Lower back stretching should be included in your overall fitness program and rehabilitation program. But you need to be smart about what, how, and why you do it.