Home-based fundamental approach to alleviate low back pain using myofascial release, stretching, and spinal musculature strengthening during the COVID-19 pandemic

Work. 2020;67(1):11-19. doi: 10.3233/WOR-203248.


Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused global adoption of stay-at-home mandates in an effort to curb viral spread. This lockdown has had the unintended consequence of decreasing physical activity, and incidence of low back pain (LBP) is likely to rise as sedentary behavior increases.

Objective: In this article, we aim to provide a fundamental, novel approach to alleviate LBP including desk worker associated LBP exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Methods: Individuals can alleviate their LBP through a simplistic, self-therapeutic approach: myofascial release and stretching of key musculature involved in LBP following a simple technique and associated time domain, as well as a 360-degree strengthening of the muscles surrounding the lower back. Additional muscular strength will support the lower back and lend resilience to aid in the mitigation of pain caused by poor work-related postural positions.

Results: We demonstrate several exercises and movements aimed at alleviating LBP. Additionally, we provide a summary graphic which facilitates ease of use of the exercise plan and represents a novel methodology for simple distribution of evidence-based pain reduction strategies.

Conclusios: Through mitigation of sedentary behavior and adoption of the techniques described herein, LBP can be decreased and, in some cases, cured.

Keywords: COVID-19; Functional strength; fitness; posture; resilience; self-therapeutic.

MeSH terms

  • Back Muscles / physiopathology
  • Betacoronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / physiopathology
  • Low Back Pain / therapy*
  • Massage*
  • Muscle Stretching Exercises*
  • Occupational Diseases / physiopathology
  • Occupational Diseases / therapy*
  • Pain Management / methods
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology
  • Resistance Training*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Sedentary Behavior*
  • Telecommunications
  • Workplace / psychology*