Strength training for back pain

At Kieser, we strive to deliver outcomes for our clients suffering from back pain through the use of hands on physiotherapy and unique targeted strength training. We believe that targeted strength training is one of the most effective methods in the prevention and treatment of back problems.

With the help of our Lumbar Extension machine, we can test the mobility of your back and the strength of your deep spinal muscles. These muscles are a crucial element to the health of your back.

The benefits of isolated back training

Increases the strength of your stabilising lumbar spine muscles
Increases the mobility of the spine
Significantly reduces chronic back and neck pain
Helps to prevent or delay spinal surgery

Strengthen the muscles of your lumbar spine

Back muscles

Without the supporting muscles, our spine would be unstable. The stability of our spine is controlled by our multifidus muscle, which runs from the pelvis to the head along the spine connecting our vertebrates. The multifidus muscle contributes in all movements of the spine. It stabilises and protects the spine to prevent injury. Weakness of the supporting spinal muscles is frequently associated with lower back pain.

While serious spinal conditions cannot be exercised away, back pain can be managed or reduced by isolated strength training. Our experience has shown that it can even prevent or delay spinal surgery.

Back strength testing

How strong are the deep muscles of your lumbar spine? Using our Lumbar Extension machine (LE), we are able to provide you with objective data on the strength of your back. We are then able to use this data to compare your results to a normative population. This enables us to diagnose the functional causes of your symptoms. 

 

The Lumbar Extension machine – LE

In order to strengthen the deep muscles of the lumbar spine, we need to exclude pelvic rotation by immobilising the pelvis. In each of our centres we have a specialised Lumbar Extension (LE) machine which allows us to target the back extensor muscles in isolation and effectively build up their strength. Regular training on the LE machine can help to reduce lower back pain.

Training programs for maintaining your back strength

On successful completion of your physiotherapy treatment we will discuss with you the benefits of continuing with an independent strength and conditioning program.  Clients who continue ongoing strength and conditioning programs allow therapy benefits to be maintained for years. In fact, in many instances further strength and functional gains can be made.

Strength training programs for the back

C1
Pullover
C1
Pullover
Usage
Exercise
The latissimus dorsi muscle is the muscle most responsible for a healthy shoulder.
Pullovers involve you training the latissimus dorsi muscle. In this exercise, you first push forwards with the upper arms, then down, and finally back as far as you can.
C2
Torso arm front
C2
Torso arm front
Usage
Exercise
Strengthening the upper back muscles can help to reduce back pain.
The torso arm front involves you training the biceps brachii, trapezius and latissimus dorsi muscles. In this exercise, you pull the handles downwards to the chest.
C3
Torso arm
C3
Torso arm
Usage
Exercise
The C3 exercise is suitable to all levels of strength and can help improve posture and reduce shoulder pain.
The torso arm involves you training the same muscles as the torso arm front. This trains the biceps brachii, latissimus dorsi and trapezius muscles. In this exercise, you pull the handles down until you hands are next to your shoulders.
C5
Rowing torso
C5
Rowing torso
Usage
Exercise
The deltoid muscle helps to carry heavy loads.
The rowing torso exercise involves you training the deltoid, trapezius and rhomboid muscles. In this exercise, you use the arms to push a pad backwards as far as possible, parallel to the ground.
C7
Row
C7
Row
Usage
Exercise
The C7 exercise strengthens the muscles of the upper back which can help to reduce back pain.
The row pull involves you training the latissimus dorsi, biceps brachii, trapezoid and rhomboid muscles. In this exercise, you pull the handles back, moving the elbows closely past the body.
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CE
Cervical Extension Machine
CE
Cervical Extension Machine
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Usage
Exercise
Strong neck muscles are key in improving chronic neck pain.
Cervical extension (CE) trains the extensors and postural muscles of the cervical spine down to the upper thoracic spine. This exercise will be supervised by a Physiotherapist and involves your upper body being restrained. You place the back of your head in the cushion and move it back and forth slowly.
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LE
Lumbar Extension Machine
LE
Lumbar Extension Machine
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Usage
Exercise
The LE strengthens the extensor muscles of the spine in order to reduce and prevent lower back pain.
The lumbar extension (LE) trains the extensors and postural muscles of the lumbar spine down to the lower thoracic spine.