According to the recent research , approximately 70% of us will experience lower back pain at some point in our lives. That’s a lot of bad backs!
But here’s the million-dollar question:
Is it really your lower back causing you pain or is there something else at play?
The answer: Surprisingly, many cases of lower back pain can be made worse just by feeling more stressed and feeling run-down. You could reduce your pain levels simply by doing some exercise even at low pace…
Okay, so we’re off to a good start. So…
How about your posture?
An easy way to check your back posture is by having a look at the waistline of your trousers.
My question to you: Is it flat? Or does it tilt forwards?
If your waistline tilts forwards, you may have what’s known as a “baboon posture”, which refers to the forwards tilting of your hips area. This is normal but in a lot of cases it exceeds normal. This will then put more pressure on the joints of your spine and the muscles around it.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT?
- Tuck your stomach in (think about the feeling of holding a wee in, trust me it works!) and tense-up your bottom too!
- Stretching – in particular your hips and back muscles. This will loosen up the muscles that are pulling your pelvis into a forwards tilting position (waistline).
- Exercises – strengthening your abdominals, glutes and hamstrings will all help to pull your pelvis back into a more neutral position. Have a go at the glute bridge (which gives you a 3-in-1 as it strengthens all 3 of the target muscles at the same time). See all of them below!