Three weeks ago I wrote about the latest world studies on the adverse effects of low back pain. It is an immense problem.
So bad is this problem, that low back pain is now the world’s no. 1 cause of disability.
You see, the medical community cannot find a way to cure the problem or even reduce it. It is becoming and remaining a chronic condition.
In that article I offered a few of the best solutions to the low back pain situation.
Basically, you can’t solve low back pain without first understanding the cause. If the problem is an issue of psychological stress, no amount of analgesic pain relief can prevent it from returning after the body metabolizing the medicine. If the issue is stress-induced, then one can begin to “cure” the issue by seeking therapies that deal with pain induced by psychological issues. Such therapies include, behavioral therapy, The Sedona Method, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS).
However, if the cause of lower back pain is directly related to muscle imbalances, then no amount of psychological therapy helps solve the problem or provide long-term relief. Muscle imbalances occur when muscles on opposite sides of a skeletal structure are not balanced. That is to say, this takes place when the muscles one side are stronger and less flexible or weaker and more flexible (for example) than the muscle or group of muscles on its opposite side of the body.
In the case of low back pain, you find muscle imbalances on the front of the body in the pelvis and thighs, wherein the psoas and quadriceps muscles are too tight. This can cause a forward-tilting pelvis that can lead to postural dysfunction and low back pain. On the back of the body, we can find the muscles of the low back and hip are too tight (or too weak), thus creating an imbalance that can cause (for example) the pelvis to tilt backward. This again can cause postural changes and pain.
The answer for correcting low back pain related to (or caused by) muscle imbalances is to stretch the tighter muscles that directly or indirectly affect the area and to strengthen the weak muscles that affect the area.
In the video below, I show you two simple and gentle stretches to do with a partner that can help stretch your low back and thigh/psoas to help correct a muscle imbalance due to muscle tonicity. These are easy to do and will help you feel if a muscle imbalance is causing the pain in your lower back. If it is, try these stretches and then maybe seek a professional body-worker or physical therapist trained in restoring muscle balance to an otherwise unbalanced musculoskeletal system. This should cure low back pain related to this issue by preventing it from returning.