Category Archives: Spine Exercises

Which Yoga Poses Are Effective at Relieving Back Pain?

Back pain is one of the most common ailments experienced in our culture. People living with back pain often go to great lengths in search of relief, from trying herbal remedies to taking scores of over-the-counter medications. However, some individuals have found that the simple poses practiced in yoga can alleviate mild to moderate back pain […]

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5 Exercises for Improving Posture

Most spine-related pain is due, in part, to poor posture habits that have likely gone uncorrected for many years. Incorrect posture throws off the spine’s alignment, places added pressure on spine-supporting structures, and throws off the strength-to-flexibility ratio that needs to be maintained to keep opposing muscle groups working together efficiently. If not corrected, posture […]

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Is Tai Chi Good for People with Chronic Neck Pain?

One thing Santa Monica spine surgeons know is that chronic neck pain patients often face a dilemma. Keeping a neck affected by inflammation, soft tissue damage, or issues with discs, joints, or vertebrae perfectly still can weaken supporting muscles and exacerbate pain. On the other hand, too much motion may increase the risk of making […]

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How to Protect Your Spine During Spin Class

Burning calories, building muscle tone, and relieving stress are among the many benefits associated with spin classes. These high-intensity cycling workouts can be tailored to experience levels that range from beginner to advanced. If you’re in a crowded class, your instructor may not have time to keep an eye on your form and technique, which […]

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Why Is Exercise Essential for Your Neck?

With a general fitness or workout routine that’s not therapeutic in nature, most people tend to focus on overall tone. Others may turn their attention to abdominal muscles, hamstrings, pecs, obliques, or core muscle groups that support the spine and trunk. However, an equally essential area to target when putting together a total body workout […]

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Crunches & Sit-Ups: Are These Exercises Bad for the Spine?

There once was a time when your workout routine had to include sit-ups or crunches if you wanted firm abs and a slimmer waistline. However, researchers now know exercises like these have the potential to do more harm than good, especially if you’re among the 30 million or so Americans currently experiencing lower back pain […]

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Decompressing the Spine without Having Surgery

Herniated or slipped discs, bone spurs, and spinal fractures are among the possible reasons nerve roots may be irritated or compressed. Some patients experience nerve compression from parts of the spinal canal that are narrower than normal (spinal stenosis) or an abnormally curved spine (scoliosis), while others have nerve-related pain due to an injury. Unless […]

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Exercises That Might Hurt Your Spine

Regular exercise has many proven health benefits, but not every type of exercise is good for the spine. In fact, anything that puts too much stress on back-supporting muscles or directly on the spine and its cushioning discs can do more harm than good. Before you hit the gym, Santa Monica spine surgeons recommend being […]

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5 Exercises to Avoid If You Have a Herniated Disc

Oftentimes, herniated discs are painful. However, this isn’t always the case. The distracting discomfort felt as a result of a herniated disc most frequently occurs when pressure is placed on a nearby nerve. Though herniated discstypically occur in or around the lower back, it’s possible to have one anywhere along the spine, and the affected […]

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4 Ways to Strengthen Your Spinal Muscles

The muscle groups around the spine provide the bulk of the direct and indirect support that minimizes stress on the vertebrae and its adjacent discs and joints. Back and abdominal muscles can weaken with age or prolonged periods of inactivity, so it’s important to take steps to keep these muscles strong to reduce the risk […]

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