If you've been regularly practicing the exercises described in Dr. Lavine's Top Five Exercises for Your Low Back, your lower spine has probably made a lot of progress. Still, you might need something extra to achieve maximal results. What’s the most important exercise I’ve left off my short list? Stretching the piriformis muscle.
Sit-ups, curl-ups and crunches make lower back pain worse
Don't waste your time with sit-ups, curl-ups and crunches. These exercises don't give you the abdominal results you want and do more harm than good. Read on to learn what the healthier alternatives are.