Lower back pain
Updated: Nov 30, 2017
The worrying trend that's becoming an everyday norm... how can you prevent it?
In the UK approximately 31 million working days are lost each year to lower back pain. It is a worrying trend that is becoming the norm in modern society.
Acute lower back pain is an all too familiar reality for a huge number of people, affecting almost one in ten people with that number ever increasing with age. It can disrupt all areas of everyday life from performing manual tasks such as carrying shopping and housework, to working life and physical activity.
Unfortunately, the main causes of lower back pain are down to modern lifestyle with weight, posture, stress and sedentary jobs being the most prolific culprits. If left untreated, back pain will take over your life, things you take for granted now will become impossibilities, sitting down at a desk will turn to agony and productivity will tumble.
The physiological cause of lower back pain is usually down to the mechanics of the body. This can be poor posture, muscular imbalance, ligament or tendon damage or a slipped disc.
You can leave it and hope it goes away like most people or you can take it into your own hands to fix the issue. I have trained clients to combat and defeat lower back pain and weakness using the following techniques:
• Low impact exercise – It is so important to keep moving despite the pain, becoming sedentary will exacerbate the condition. Completing low impact exercise aimed at strengthening your core and posterior chain will improve your body’s stability and posture which will reduce your likelihood of experiencing lower back pain.
• Increase mobility – Performing mobility exercises daily will loosen your joints, improve your range of movement, improve your posture and strengthen your core. All you need to perform mobility exercises is your body and a few feet of room.
• Stretching – Performing daily stretches before, during and after experiencing lower back pain will loosen tight muscles which will adjust hip alignment and reduce abnormal loads going through your back which can lead to pain. Concentrate on hamstrings, hip flexors and lower back to release the whole posterior chain.
For more information on the points made here, visit my FACEBOOK PAGE to see videos on techniques and exercise ideas to combat this problem. Do not hesitate to get in touch if you want any more help or guidance on this or any other issue which affects you.
All the best,