Stretching & Core Strengthening

The following sections review some of the principles of physical therapy.

Physical therapy can be a very important part of your pain management regimen. Physical therapy itself involves many different treatment options. We will review a few general stretches and exercises for the lower back and neck. These general recommendations do not apply to everyone, so please consult with your physical therapist to determine a specific program for your particular chronic condition.

Although stretching may be beneficial for many conditions, core strengthening may not be appropriate for some pain situations. Core strengthening may be difficult for an older population who may derive more benefit from a combination of stretching and aerobic exercises.

Please consult with your doctor and physical therapist before beginning any physical therapy program.