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Effective Baton Rouge Back Pain Exercise: Bird Dog

November 07, 2023

Exercise for back pain: a common recommendation with good reason. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers personalizes the most appropriate back pain exercises for each Baton Rouge back pain sufferer visiting Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers to maximize back pain relief, boost the supporting muscles like the erector spinae and multifidus, and regain function. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers also gives every effort to find exercises that are easy, effective in numerous ways like the “bird dog” movement!


Chronic low back pain patients are not created equally. There are many factors that impact their back pain state. Each chronic low back pain sufferer must be considered individually as your Baton Rouge chiropractor always tries to do. It’s a known fact that back muscle function differs from a chronic low back pain sufferer to another. Differences can be found via a thorough examination which Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers does quite well. The exam discoveries help guide an individual treatment plan with individualized exercise recommendations. (1) Know with confidence that you are an individual at Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers!


Exercise is a frequent recommendation for back pain patients…and with good reason. Muscles support the body and spine. A review of published papers on the usefulness of exercise found that exercise was likely effective for chronic low back pain compared to no treatment, placebo, advice or education alone, electrotherapy, or usual care. Its impact was limited for function, but it enhanced pain and functional limitations outcomes. (2) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers believes our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients would agree that benefits of any type like this for a condition that is reportedly the top cause of disability around the world for the past three decades or so, costing a lot in direct healthcare expense as well as lost productivity, are valuable to seek with a little exercise. Start with one exercise (like the following one!) and build up to the basic 10 for back pain


Erector spinae and multifidi muscles often grow weak with back pain yet are so critical for stability.  Bird-dog (aka quadruped opposite arm/leg) is a 3-way effective exercise: toning the erector spinae while strengthening both the core and the multifidus. Start this by getting on all fours: knees and hands, stretching the left leg and right arm out parallel to the floor. Hold the position for a couple seconds and repeat on the other side. Perform this 10 times on each side. (3,4) Have a chat with Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers before starting any exercise though to be sure it’s the right one for you!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Martin Fleming on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the treatment plan and outcome for a patient with low back and leg pain following The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment soon. We will unite back pain and exercise together in a reasonable way just for you and your back pain relief goal.

Baton Rouge Exercise for Back Pain: Bird Dog