Exercise Videos: General - Mid and Lower Back
Strength and Control
Mobility and Flexibility
Start feet hip-width apart with hands on hips. Take 1 large step away from the body with your right foot. Bend your right knee, keeping left knee straight. Put your weight through your right heel, squat down on right leg and squat back up. Shift weight back to left foot and bring right foot back to starting position. Take 1 large step away from your body with left foot. Bend your left knee, keeping your right knee straight. Put your weight through your left heel. Squat down on left leg and squat back up. Shift your weight to your right leg. Bring left leg back to starting position.
Starting in a plank position, with hands slightly wider than shoulder width. Glutes and abdominals activated/braced. Bring left leg forward and plant left foot outside left hand, hold for 1 second. Thread right arm under left leg by rotating your trunk, then rotate back and bring your right arm over your head. Return to starting position and repeat on opposite side.
Sit into the lowest point of squat position. Grip your hands together and rotate arm/shoulder outwards to open your chest whilst having the head and neck turning in the same direction of shoulder. Once complete rotate back to starting position, then complete on other arm.
Come onto your hands and knees, bringing your bottom down towards your heels. Stretch your arms out in front of you and drop your head between the shoulders. You should feel a stretch through your back and between your shoulder blades.
Start on your hands and knees (4 point kneeling). Make sure your hands are under your shoulders and your knees are under your hips. Bring your right arm off the floor and bring it through between your opposite hand and leg, following with your shoulder and head. Move down towards the floor until you feel a stretch down your side. Repeat on the other side.
Lying on your back with your knees bent and feet and knees hip distance apart, relax your superfical tummy muscle and engage your pelvic floor like your holding onto a wee, then gentle draw your lower belly in and hold without hold your breathe or tensing your top tummy muscles
Come onto your hands and knees, making sure your hands are under your shoulders, your knees are under your hips and your back is in a neutral position. Cat: Sink your back down towards the floor and lift your head up at the same time, sticking your tailbone out to make a curve with your spine. Take a big breath out at the same time. Camel: Tuck your head and tailbone in, arching through your spine as to mimic a camel hump. Take a big breath in at the same time.
Lying on your tummy with your knees bent and wider than your hips. Squeeze your heels together and relax, maintaining neutral spine and core control
Going on to your hands and knees with shoulders inline with hands, squeeze your heels together and relax, maintaining neutral spine and core control
|Laying on your stomach, place hands next to chest and push up to arch your chest off the ground whilst maintaining contact with your hips and the ground. Lower your chest back to the ground and repeat.|
|Laying on your back, bend knees to 90deg with your feet still planted on the ground. Rock your knees from side to side slowly to feel a slight stretch through the lower back.|
Laying on your back, pull your left knee up towards your hips and across the right side of your body. Use your right hand to stretch the left knee further over to the right side to engage a stretch in your left glute. Don’t allow your left pelvis to lift off the ground. Repeat on opposite side.
Going onto your hands and knees, active the core (as previous) , breathe in to prepare, breathe out and straighten the arm out, ensuring back stays still, repeat on the other side. Same as the leg extension. For a harder alternative, extend the arm and the opposite leg with a neutral spine
With your TA switch on (as above) tuck your tail bone in and flatten your back, then gently arch your back moving from your pelvis
|Laying on your back with knees bent and feet on the floor, flattern back into the ground by tilting your pelvis. Keeping arms straight, imagine a string drawing you up from the center of the chest to the ceiling move your upper torso off the ground, sliding your hands up to your knees until palms are resting on your knee. Ensure that you are not straining the muscles through the front of your neck. Slowly return segmentally by lowering each vertebrae to the ground.|
One forearm on the floor, start on your side, push away from the floor lift your hips off the floor making a plank from shoulders to heals. Brace throught hips and core.
Lie on your back with your knees bent up and your arms relaxed by your side. Lift and hover one leg slightly off the ground. Flatten your back into the ground and drive through your heels to lift your bottom off the ground. Squeeze your glutes throughout and bring your bottom up so that it is parallel to your chest. Slowly lower your bottom back to the ground.
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and knees pointing forward. Bring your shoulders back and down and grab the bar on the just outside of your legs. Keeping your lower back flat and chest up. Lift the weight up by keeping your arms straight and activating your glutes to bring your trunk upright (hip thrust motion). Once upright use your glutes and hamstring control to slide the bar down against the legs to below knee level while keeping the knees straight, ensuring the back is flat and chest is up at all times. Once a the bottom, use a hip thrust motion to stand back up right.
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and knees pointing forward. Bring your shoulders back and down and grab the bar on the just outside of your legs. Keeping your lower back flat and chest up. Lift the weight up by keeping your arms straight and activating your glutes to bring your trunk upright (hip thrust motion). Once upright use your glutes and hamstring control to slide the bar down against the legs to below knee level while bending at the knee, ensuring the back is flat and chest is up at all times. Once a the bottom, use a hip thrust motion to stand back up right.
Kneel Down, rotate pelvis posteriorly, tighten abdominals and gluteals and stretch the anterior thigh. Exercise designed to help improve hip flexor mobility.
Lie on your side, bend knees to 90 degrees. squeeze heels to activate hip abductors, lift up 30 cm and hold. This exercise is designed to activate your Gluteus Medius and Minimus.
Lie on back, place left foot on right thigh and pull right thigh back towards you, Hold. Repeat on opposite side. Can also be done in sitting. Exercise desinged to improve Piriformis mobilty. This exercise can be very useful for breastrokers.
Flatten your back while lying on your stomach and lift your right arm up above your head. Squeezing your right glute and keeping your back flat, bring your left leg up towards the ceiling. Maintaining a flat back, slowly bring your right arm and left leg down to the starting position. Repeat and alternate sides.
Flatten your back while on your hands and knees. Squeezing your right glute, reach forward with your right arm while reaching back with your left leg. Your body should not sway from side to side. Keep your pelvis level on both sides while extending the arm and leg. Squeeze your right glute to bring your arm and leg back to the starting position. Repeat and alternate sides.
Begin in push up position with your back flat and shoulders back. Maintaining this position, bring your left knee up towards your chest and slowly back down. Repeat and alternate legs
Start on your elbows and knees with both feet also in contact with the ground. Tightening one glute, extend and bring the opposite leg up while maintaining the position of your elbows. Do not let your hips rotate from side to side and keep your back flat throughout the exercise. Repeat and alternate legs.
Stand with your left foot in front of your right, shoulder width apart with both arms straightened in front of you. Keeping your left arm still, bend your right elbow and bring your right arm back as far as you can. Squeeze your left glute and rotate your hips to lead this movement. Keep squeezing the glute and bring your hips and arms back to the starting position. Repeat and alternate sides.
Lie on your back with knees bent at 90 degrees and feet flat. Flatten your back and push through your heels until your chest is parallel with your thighs. Holding this position, bring your right leg up to volley and lower back to the starting position. Lower your back until it is flat on the ground. Alternate legs each time.
Flatten your back and have your hips and knees at 90 degrees. Let your right leg drop out to the side while keeping your hip and knee at 90 degrees. Use your glute to bring your right leg back to the starting position. Your left leg should remain completely still
Standing on your left leg, squeeze the left glute and squat down on it. At the same time, bring your right hand across your body and towards your left knee. Maintain the position of your knee and don't let it rock from side to side. Squeeze through your glute to come back to your starting position.
Have a book/dumbbell under your left heel so the toes are pointed towards the ground. Squat down on the left leg while not letting your knee go past your toes. Squeeze through the left glute when coming back up. Repeat and alternate legs
from a chair, one foot is firmly on the floor with toes pointing forwad and knee over toes. Other leg is lifted off. Activating glutes and hamstrings of the weightbearing leg, lean forward to stand up and squeeze glutes to extend the hips. Keeping the other leg lifted off, lower yourself back down, keeping the quads and hamstrings activated to control the movement.
Stand against the wall with your back and shoulders flat against it. Bend your knees to 45 degrees and maintain this position throughout the exercise. Keeping your right foot still, come up onto your toes on your left foot and slowly back down. Alternate legs.
from a chair with feet flat on the floor and toes pointing forward, cross arms over chest and lean forward to stand up. Ensure knees are kept apart and quads and hamstrings are activated. Squeeze glutes until hips are extended. Keeping your back flat, knees over toes and toes pointing forward, lower yourself back onto the chair, whilst quads and hamstrings are activated to control the movement.
While standing, bring your heel towards your bottom and grasp it with the hand on the same side. Gently pull your heel further towards your bottom while not arching your back. You can use your free hand to hold onto a wall for balance if needed.
Leaning against a wall or someone else, have your front leg bent and back leg straight with both toes pointing forwards. Lean your weight onto your front leg so that you feel a stretch in your back leg
Lying on your back with your arms outstretched and knees bent so that your heels are flat on the ground. Rotate your hips while keeping your shoulders in contact with the ground so that one thigh is in contact with the ground. Rotate the hip on top and extend that knee to further stretch your lower back. Repeat on the other side
Bend forward at the waist with your front leg straight and back leg bent. Keeping your hips level, lower your trunk as if you are going to sit on your back leg while keeping your front leg straight.
Crouch on the ground with one leg straight in front of you and the other bent and resting on the ground. Keeping your front leg straight and toes pointing up, lower your bottom as if you are going to sit on your back leg.
Sit with both legs out and relaxed in front of you. Bent one leg and rest the flat part of your foot against the inside of the other thigh. Use your hands to gently push the bent knee towards the ground
Lie on your back with your knees bent up and your arms relaxed by your side. Flatten your back into the ground and drive through your heels to lift your bottom off the ground. Squeeze your glutes throughout and bring your bottom up so that it is parallel to your chest. Slowly lower your bottom back to the ground.
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While standing, bring your shoulders up and above your head as far as you can while also standing on tip-toe. Slowly bring your arms by your side while coming out wide and lower your toes to the ground
In standing, bend at your waist keeping your legs straight until your hands are as low as they can go. Lean forward so your palms are flat on the ground and walk your hands forward until you are in a push-up position. Drop your thighs and hips gently to the ground and push through your palms to arch your back. Lower your back to the ground and walk your palms back towards your feet, then slowly stand up.
Lie on your back with your hip and knee bent at 90 degrees. Keeping one leg in this position, straighten your leg out and then bend it towards you as if you are pedalling a bike. Bring this leg back to the starting position and repeat with the opposite leg
Lie on your back, with both legs straight. Bring one knee to your chest and pull it firmly with your hands. Your opposite hip and glute should remain on the ground.
step off the step, landing on the mid to front foot with knees over toes. Ensure glutes are activated to control the movement
place one leg on the step with toes pointing forward and knees over toes, then squeeze glutes to drive you up onto the step until your hip is extended.
Lie on your back with knees bent at 90 degrees and feet flat. Flatten your back and push through your heels until your chest is parallel with your thighs. Holding this position, lift and straighten your right leg until it is parallel with your chest and lower back to the starting position. Lower your back until it is flat on the ground. Alternate legs each time.
This exerise is good for improing lower back and gluteal mobility. Laying on your back, keep upper body and chest flat on ground, bend one knee and use the opposite hand on the outside of that knee to pull it across your body, twisting through the hips and lower back to feel a stretch in the buttocks and back.
The thoracic spine is the middle section fo your spine and invovled the most in rotation of the spine. Sitting on your right thigh with a bent knee, place the left foot over on the outside of theright knee. Twist the shoulders towards the left, pushing back into the left knee with the right arm to feel a stretch in the mid back and left gluts.
This is a great exercise for gluteal control and strength. Bend knees to 90 degrees, squeeze gluteal and push hips up until body is flat, hold that postion and slowly kick one leg out straight keeping hips level. Return foot to ground and repeat other side.
The piriformis muscle is msulce deep in the buttock close to the sciatic nerve. Extra tension here can have repercussions for a range of lower back, hip and leg issues. Laying on your back, bend one knee and place opposite ankle across thigh, grab hold of the thigh of the bent knee and pull it towards your chest to feel a stretch deep in the buttock.
The neural system can be an underlying source of leg muscle or back tension. A lockerroom stretchband is a useful tool to assist in the mobilisation of these structures but should be done carefully and gently. Lay down with stretchband looped around your lower back and one forefoot, keeping other leg flat, use band to lift leg with straight knee up towards ceiling, then gently rock the leg across the body, into and out of a gentle stretch that is felt down the outside of the leg.
The neural system can be an underlying source of leg muscle or back tension. A lockerroom stretchband is a useful tool to assist in the mobilisation of these structures but should be done carefully and gently. Sitting with the stretchband looped around your lowerback and balls of feet, legs out straight, slowly slump head and shoulders down towards hips. Feel a brief gentle stretch then come straight back up. repeat 10 bounces
Sit with your bottom all the way to the back of the chair, use a Lumbar Roll for extra support if needed. Have seat height so elbows are at 80 - 90 degrees, have top 1/3 of monitor at eye level. Have feet supported on floor/step with hips/knees at 90 degrees.
Begin by lying on your side with feet, hips and shoulders in line, knees bent to 90 degrees. Keeping hips and lower back still, twist through your upper back and pull the elbow of your top arm backwards towards the floor. Hold for 20 seconds, repeat 3 times.
Lay down on the physio pole with your bottom at one end and your head resting at the other with you knees bent up. Alternate between having arms out to the side for 30 seconds and resting on your chest for 30 seconds.