Have you ever experienced back pain? 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. Today, we would like to share with you a few quick tips that will allow you to handle the most common type of back pain.
First, allow me to share with you briefly the different types that can 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 type of back pain, which is called Lower Crossed Syndrome. This form of back pain is caused by a combination of weak and tight muscles. Now let’s get to the bottom of what causes this pain and what you can do to help it.
Lower Crossed Syndrome is caused by:
- Increased tension in the hip flexors
- Increased tension and spasm in the low back
- Weak/inhibited glutes
- 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 position most of the day from sitting at work, in the car, and at home while eating or 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 and Dr. Milton Brinza