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  1. abdominal muscle

    the muscles of the abdomen
    Partial sit-ups or crunches strengthen the
    abdominal muscles.
  2. physical therapy

    therapy that uses physical agents: exercise and massage and other modalities
    Exercise and
    Physical Therapy

    The Role of
    Physical Therapy

    Physical therapy with a trained professional may be useful if pain has not improved after 3 - 4 weeks.

  3. overexertion

    excessive exertion
    In fact,
    overexertion may cause further harm.
  4. rehabilitation program

    a program for restoring someone to good health
    Beginning after 4 - 8 weeks of pain, however, a
    rehabilitation program may benefit the patient.
  5. subacute

    less than acute
    Exercise and Acute or
    Subacute Back Pain

    Exercise does not help acute back pain.

  6. tai chi

    a Chinese system of slow meditative physical exercise designed for relaxation and balance and health
    Yoga,
    Tai Chi, Chi Kung.
  7. flexibility

    the property of being easily bent or shaped
    Repetition is the key to increasing
    flexibility, building endurance, and strengthening the specific muscles needed to support and neutralize the spine.
  8. lumbar

    of or relating to or near the part of the back between the ribs and the hipbones
    Exercises called
    lumbar extension strength training are proving to be effective.
  9. incremental

    increasing gradually by regular degrees or additions
    An
    incremental aerobic exercise program (such as walking, stationary biking, and swimming) may begin within 2 weeks of symptoms.
  10. originate in

    come from
    Practices
    originating in Asia that combine low-impact physical movements and meditation may be very helpful.
  11. stabilization

    the act of keeping something from fluctuating
    Spine
    Stabilization and Strength Training.
  12. chi

    the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet
    Yoga, Tai
    Chi,
    Chi Kung.
  13. behavioral

    of or relating to behavior
    Exercise may also be effective when combined with a psychological and motivational program, such as cognitive-
    behavioral therapy.
  14. tilt

    lean over; tip
    Pelvic
    Tilt.
  15. neutralize

    make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of
    Repetition is the key to increasing flexibility, building endurance, and strengthening the specific muscles needed to support and
    neutralize the spine.
  16. gymnastic

    of or relating to or used in exercises intended to develop strength and agility
    Medical research has shown that pregnant women who engaged in a water
    gymnastics program have less back pain and are able to continue working longer.
  17. toned

    having or distinguished by a tone; often used in combination
    Patients should avoid exercises that put the lower back under pressure until the back muscles are well
    toned.
  18. alleviate

    provide physical relief, as from pain
    The pelvic tilt
    alleviates tight or fatigued lower back muscles.
  19. mobility

    the quality of moving freely
    Generally, these exercises attempt to strengthen the abdomen, improve lower back
    mobility, strength, and endurance, and enhance flexibility in the hip, the hamstring muscles, and the tendons at the back of the thigh.
  20. crunch

    reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
    Partial sit-ups or
    crunches strengthen the abdominal muscles.
  21. disability

    when one cannot perform due to physical or mental unfitness
    In this way, the positive benefits of exercise not only affect strength and flexibility but also alter and improve patients' attitudes toward their
    disability and pain.
  22. vulnerable

    capable of being wounded or hurt
    People
    vulnerable to back pain should avoid activities that put undue stress on the lower back or require sudden twisting movements, such as football, golf, ballet, and weight lifting.
  23. yoga

    discipline training the consciousness for spiritual insight
    Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Kung.
  24. beneficial

    promoting or enhancing well-being
    Exercise and Chronic Back Pain

    Exercise plays a very
    beneficial role in chronic back pain.

  25. swimming

    the act of swimming
    An incremental aerobic exercise program (such as walking, stationary biking, and
    swimming) may begin within 2 weeks of symptoms.
  26. incorrect

    not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth
    Incorrect movements or long-term high-impact exercise is often a cause of back pain in the first place.
  27. enhance

    increase
    Generally, these exercises attempt to strengthen the abdomen, improve lower back mobility, strength, and endurance, and
    enhance flexibility in the hip, the hamstring muscles, and the tendons at the back of the thigh.
  28. tightening

    the act of making something tighter
    Hold for 3 seconds while
    tightening the abdominal muscles.
  29. improving

    getting higher or more vigorous
    Specific and regular exercise under the guidance of a trained professional is important for reducing pain and
    improving function, although patients often find it difficult to maintain therapy.
  30. fatigued

    drained of energy or effectiveness
    The pelvic tilt alleviates tight or
    fatigued lower back muscles.
  31. acute

    ending in a sharp point
    Exercise and
    Acute or Subacute Back Pain

    Exercise does not help
    acute back pain.

  32. limitation

    an act of restricting (as by regulation)
    Professionals who understand the
    limitations and special needs of back pain, and can address individual health conditions, should guide this program.
  33. twisting

    marked by repeated turns and bends
    People vulnerable to back pain should avoid activities that put undue stress on the lower back or require sudden
    twisting movements, such as football, golf, ballet, and weight lifting.
  34. disk

    something with a round shape resembling a flat circular plate
    At that time, the
    disks are more fluid-filled and more vulnerable to pressure from this movement.
  35. ballet

    a theatrical performance of a story by trained dancers
    People vulnerable to back pain should avoid activities that put undue stress on the lower back or require sudden twisting movements, such as football, golf,
    ballet, and weight lifting.
  36. psychological

    mental or emotional as opposed to physical in nature
    Exercise may also be effective when combined with a
    psychological and motivational program, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy.
  37. repetition

    the act of doing or performing again
    Repetition is the key to increasing flexibility, building endurance, and strengthening the specific muscles needed to support and neutralize the spine.
  38. fluid

    continuous amorphous matter that tends to flow
    At that time, the disks are more
    fluid-filled and more vulnerable to pressure from this movement.
Created on February 8, 2013
(updated February 8, 2013)