Do you think all back pain is created equally? With our years of experience, we have come to understand back pain in it’s various forms. And today, we would like to share with you a few quick tips that will allow you to handle the most common back pain.
First, allow me to share with you briefly the different types that could exist and then the low back pain that is most common and what you need to do to help yourself. It is obvious that back pain comes in different forms, and more importantly what causes it is multifaceted. Your back pain could be caused by trauma, an accident, a disc herniation, a generative malformation, a repetitive microtrauma, poor posture, only to name a few. What we’re going to focus on today is the most common back pain, the one that is caused by increased tension in your hip flexors and increased tension and spasm in your low back, along with poor core stability.
If you’re wondering what is the biggest culprit in this matter, what I’ve found in our clinic is your sitting posture. You see with sitting, your hip flexors become shortened and overactive in that shortened mode most of the day from sitting at work, in the car, at home home, while eating, while watching TV, and so on. Even if you are active, it is still not sufficient enough to reverse the hours and hours of sitting that you do. With that your glutes become inhibited. They are not being used as they should be, or as often as they should be and they become less active. Same thing goes with your core diaphragm inhibition, poor breathing and your back becomes tighter and tighter in compensating for what the core is not able to do.
Maybe you have guessed it by now, but what we need to do is reverse it. And by that I don’t mean you have to go out and spend 8 hours walking. However, we need to activate the butt, disengage the hip flexors, engage the core and then relax the back. I have recorded a few videos that will illustrate the point with ease. With the suggestions you’ll see in the videos, we have helped hundreds of patients diminish their low back pain.
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Content provided by Dr. Charbel Harb