Exercises to help relieve pain from L5 herniated discs include those that flex and extend the spine, building back muscle strength. Examples of spine extension exercises include knees to chest, shoulder strecthes, seated twists and pelvic lifts, according to the Brain and Spine Institute of California.
Comprehensive exercise routines that provides strengthening, stretching, and cardiovascular activity aid in pain reduction for herniated discs, according to Spine-health. Low-impact exercises, such as swimming, stationary bike riding and walking, extend and flex the spine while building core strength and aerobic conditioning. A physician or physical therapist can determine appropriate options for specific injuries and individual exercise preferences