Mobilisation exercises for locking problems in the back or other previous back problems

Back mobilisation programme

If you have a sudden case of locking in the back, it will often be alleviated more quickly if you can do something with your back or neck immediately.

  1. Make sure you adopt a position of rest, so that cramps in the musculature are released. If you have pain in the base of the spine, lay down horizontally, perhaps with a cushion or pillow to lay your legs on. The tension in the back will then be released. Occasionally it is best to lie completely horizontally. The goal is to have the musculature loosen into a relaxed position. Use cushions as required to get rid of any pain.
  2. When you have rested for a while, the cramps in the musculature will lessen and you should now to try to loosen the lock. This is often a matter of there being a lock somewhere in the vertebral column. The musculature tries to protect the “injured” area with the cramps. Try with shorter programmes of some of these mobilising movements in order to increase your flexibility again. Continue the movement to the threshold of pain and then wait for a moment; this can result in a small increase of movement. When the muscle cramps start to return, go back to your painless position of rest again.
  3. Repeat this mobilisation programme 1–2 times per hour, and try to successively increase the number of movements.