Lower back pain is the most frequent condition I treat in the clinic, unsurprisingly with most of us experiencing it at some point in our lives. There are many causes of lower back pain including disc, ligament, muscles, nerve and joint disruption. It is important to differentiate what is causing your back pain to establish the treatment appropriate for you. Your therapist will consider all of these by asking appropriate questions and doing relevant tests.
Most of us have experienced lower back pain at some stage in our lives. In the clinic, we see a lot of extended lower backs (commonly called a sway back - though this is technically not the case), which is painful with long periods of standing or lying on your tummy.
Most of us suffer from tight hip flexors due to the amount of sitting we do. Why are they important to stretch? Because they are a big contributor to lower back pain.
Our hip flexors muscles start from the spine of our lower back, cross our hip joints and attach to the bone of our upper leg. When they get tight they pull our lower backs into an arch and compress the joints of our lower spine together - squeezing the discs and nerves between them. Ouch!