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Lower back pain – What can you do to prevent it?

80% of the population suffer with lower back pain at some point in their lives, some more than others. Because of this, countless studies have been undergone to try and find the source of why this happens so often. Ultimately there is little correlation between every person in the world other than the lifestyle they lead having a negative effect on their posture or core stability.

In some instances it can be lack of physical activity to blame, which surprises some people at the thought of putting their back through stress actually aiding their issue, but as long as it’s a progressive build of load and not a sudden burst of contraction and it is in fact the lack of movement that causes the problem, it could work wonders for you. Those of you who work at a desk and commute to work are the best examples of the lower back pain caused by lack of movement. That constant stationary position teaches the back to stiffen in that one position, not feeling the need to be flexible in other ranges of movement. The same can happen for your neck and shoulders. If you do work in an office or drive for a living, it’s definitely worth starting an exercise programme if you don’t already. Keeping the muscles moving will stop them from setting in one position. I would recommend Pilates as the most appropriate class if you prefer attending group sessions, and if you are more of a gym-goer I would say to either contact me about more detailed advice on exercises, or hire a personal trainer for two or three sessions and learn what you need to know. Movement is key.

On the other end of the scale is overuse of the lower back, often found in working environments like landscaping, plumbing, and other careers involving a lot of leaning forward. Even sport therapy! For this it’s about keeping the back loose with stretching regularly, and possibly in some occasions to strengthen the opposing abdominal muscles. If the back is tight and overused it can put pressure on the discs pulling them closer together. This is why before looking at the abdominal you first stretch the back out effectively and then counteract the strain with the abs. By stretching out the back first you reduce the compression of the spines potentially causing that pressure, then to maintain that position you strengthen the abdominals to hold the spine in a better place. A tight back can give a curved lower back which is a natural position called lordosis, but if it’s too curved it applies extra strain and becomes a viscous circle of pain.

To find out what is causing the back pain just call and get the detailed advice you need. Back pain is subjective to every individual, and what could work for one person may not work for another.

Kieran