I am going to take a wild guess and say at some point in your life you have experienced lower back pain.
It may have been a slight twinge, a general ache or a sharp pain that took your breath away. It may have lasted .5 seconds or two weeks. Maybe you have had chronic lower back pain for years and have just learned to live with it.
Our lower backs do a lot for us! In exchange for their lifelong service, we tend to beat them up or simply ignore them. We think that lower back pain is just something to deal with and that maybe we can do a few crunches here and there to help out.
I want you to turn to your lower back right now and say, “I love you and I’m sorry you are hurting! Thanks for helping me all these years. I’m about to read something that will help us both! Go team!”
Let’s get started, shall we?
When people come to me with lower back pain, it usually involves aches and pains anywhere from the lower back itself into the pelvis, buttocks and hips. There are many reasons for lower back pain, and I always recommend someone see a doctor if they haven’t been evaluated to see where the issue might lie for them individually. Whether the cause of the lower back pain is a recent injury, a previous surgery, being 38 weeks pregnant or bending over laying tile all day, they all have some basic similarities I like to address:
- Muscle imbalances – meaning some muscles might be overworking while others aren’t doing their jobs.
- Decreased core stabilization – this doesn’t just mean more crunches! It means the deep stabilizing muscles that should be helping to support the lower back aren’t responding the way they should.
- Poor posture – either due to staying in certain positions all day, congenital issues like scoliosis or simply from chronic pain (having pain all day makes you stand very strangely sometimes).
- Immobility somewhere in the spine – if the lower back is unstable and moving too much, the thoracic spine above and the pelvis below tend to get locked up and not move enough.
My number one goal with anyone who comes to me with lower back pain is to let them know there IS something we can do about it! I’m not saying I can fix it completely or eliminate it for good (I have seen it happen!).
I AM saying there are things we can address and exercises we can do that can help get the body moving again and take some steps in the right direction.
Movement is LIFE to the body.
It’s basically giving your joints a dose of WD-40.
I want to help you know how to move so that you can feel better, decrease your chance of re-injury and feel empowered in your own body.
The workout today is meant to improve the mobility in your hips and pelvis, while increasing core and hip strength. In my experience, I have found these areas to be keys in lower back health! While there is no cookie cutter method for improving all folks with lower back pain, these tend to be exercises I give most people when they start.
Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of some of these lower back exercises! They are meant to retrain your body, so they are subtle yet very effective.
The workout below was filmed specifically for people who have experienced recurrent bouts of low back pain or are currently looking for lower back exercises to help decrease lower back pain or increase lower back strength. These exercises are not meant to make you feel worse! If you have any pain while doing the workout, please stop. As always, consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
Remember to listen to your body and comment below with any questions!