Low back pain is one of the most common chronic pain complaints, and much of it is mechanical in nature--meaning there is no actual injury to the tissues, but there is some sort of mechanical and/or structural issue causing pain. Many people tend to work sedentary jobs that involve a lot of sitting. This can tighten the hamstrings and hip flexors. These tightened muscle then eventually pull the pelvis out of alignment, putting strain on the back. Excessive dynamic movement, like running or jumping, repeated over time can cause back issues as well
Now there are a variety of stretches you can do to ease low back pain, but I am focusing on strengthening muscles to help, as I have several clients with low back pain who have found some relief with these exercises. So here are some of the exercises I have my clients do.
(Please do not attempt to diagnose yourself. Seek the help of a physical therapist.)
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The views expressed on this blog are entirely my own. Any advice I offer is not to be taken as medical advice. If you think you have contraindications to exercise, please see your physician before implementing any sample workout plans I present on this blog.
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