Get a personalized plan to eliminate your back pain.
By Toni Gasparis
Exercise physiologist Sue Hitzmann and chiropractor Dr. Steven Shosany give you easy solutions for your back pain. Get your customized plan based on your back pain type here.
Take the quiz first: What Kind of Back Pain Do You Have?
Structural Back Pain: Leg Exercise
Sitting is one of the worst things you can do if you have structural back pain. In order to compensate for sedentary behavior, do leg stands. This exercise will help you improve your structural stabilization by helping your nervous system get its center of gravity back. To properly do a leg stand, you must first soften your left knee by slightly bending it and then lift your right leg forward and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat this move with both legs a couple of times a day for maximum benefits. Sue Hitzmann recommends performing the move without shoes and using a chair for support if your balance isn't up to speed yet. She cautions that if you decide to use a chair, don't grab on to it, but rather lightly support and stabilize yourself with your fingertips.
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