It is true that exercising (including stretching routines/yoga) is generally one of the best forms of treatment for sub-acute and chronic lower back pain. So yes, if you’ve had back pain for months but lack any form of regular exercise, try to ease into it. Even walking or doing light yoga for 30 minutes a day will possibly give you some relief. If that doesn’t aggravate it then try increasing the intensity with jogging or gym classes. Exercise brings many benefits in addition to back pain relief.
Both chiropractic treatment and stretching can help with certain causes of back pain, but there is no simple magic cure that removes all causes of pain in every individual. “One simple stretch” isn’t going to help the majority of back pain cases. A variety of issues can result in the feeling of pain in the back, and sometimes certain stretches or exercises may actually worsen the pain or be dangerous, particularly if it is acute (pain that has been present for under 3 months).
I frequently give out stretching and exercise advice to patients because I know that it will be beneficial for their specific issue. Conditions such as piriformis syndrome, weak or overactivated muscles and postural issues can all lead to pain and can all usually be helped by stretching/exercising, often more so than the actual physical chiropractic treatment. The issue is that many people don’t know the specific reason they’re feeling pain.
Find out the cause of your back pain, then you can figure out how best to manage and treat it.
If you have back pain that is impacting your way of living, I’d advise you to seek a healthcare professional for treatment, or even just advice. If that doesn’t work then seek a second opinion.
Just try not to be tricked by all the BS marketing out there.