Effective Georgetown Back Pain Exercise: Bird Dog

November 07, 2023

Exercise and back pain: what a pair! Dr. Butwell personalizes the suitable back pain exercises for each Georgetown back pain sufferer visiting Dr. Butwell to maximize back pain relief, strengthen the supporting muscles like the erector spinae and multifidus, and regain function. Dr. Butwell also tries to find exercises that are easy, effective in a variety of ways like the “bird dog” move!


Chronic low back pain patients are not created equally. There are many factors that contribute to their back pain situation. Each chronic low back pain sufferer must be considered individually as your Georgetown chiropractor always tries to do. It’s well-known that back muscle function differs from a chronic low back pain sufferer to another. Variations can be found via a thorough examination which Dr. Butwell is quite good at! The exam discoveries help guide a personalized treatment plan with personalized exercise recommendations. (1) Know with confidence that you are an individual at Dr. Butwell!


Exercise is a frequent recommendation for back pain patients…and for good reason. Muscles support the body and spine. A review of published research on the usefulness of exercise revealed that exercise was likely effective for chronic low back pain compared to no treatment, placebo, advice or education alone, electrotherapy, or usual care. Its impact was limited for function, but it enhanced pain and functional limitations outcomes. (2) Dr. Butwell believes our Georgetown chiropractic patients would concur that benefits of any type like this for a condition that is said to be the leading cause of disability around the world for the past three decades or so, costing a lot in direct healthcare expense as well as lost productivity, are worth seeking with a little exercise. Start with one exercise (like the following one!) and build up to the basic 10 for back pain


Erector spinae and multifidi muscles often grow weak with back pain, but they are so essential for stability.  Bird-dog (aka quadruped opposite arm/leg) is a 3-way effective exercise: toning the erector spinae while strengthening both the core and the multifidus. Start this by starting on hands and knees, stretching the left leg and right arm out parallel to the floor. Hold the position for a couple seconds and repeat on the other side. Perform this 10 times on each side. (3,4) Talk with Dr. Butwell before beginning any exercise though to be sure it’s appropriate for you!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Martin Fleming on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the treatment plan and outcome for a patient with low back and leg pain following The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Georgetown chiropractic appointment soon. We will unite back pain and exercise together in a sensible way just for you and your back pain relief desire.

Georgetown Exercise for Back Pain: Bird Dog