Managing back pain is a part of life for many people. Here are a few top tips for relaxing your back.
Nearly 30 percent of American adults reported at least one bout of back pain lasting a day or more within the past three months.
If you are experiencing back pain, experts say there are a few culprits that may be to blame.
- The position of your pelvis – The 90/90 medial hamstring drill can correct your pelvic position and make the pain go away.
- Weak ab muscles – If you have weak ab muscles, your lower back muscles may be working overtime. Experts recommend increasing your core strength.
- Aortic aneurysm – A rapidly expanding aneurysm can push on the structures that surround and protect the spinal cord. People with peripheral vascular disease and a history of smoking are especially at risk.
- Infection in the discs of the spine – If you’ve been diagnosed with Modic changes, see a spine specialist to determine the best treatment.
- Repetitive yard work – Experts say you tend to use the same posture every time you work on the yard, so certain muscles are worked out more and strained more often.
- Sitting too long – If you constantly compress your spine, like you do when sitting at your desk, the fluid is pushed out, but not pumped back in. In that case, the spine becomes less elastic and more prone to injury.
- Tight hamstrings – Tight hamstrings put pressure on your lower back. However, stretching can take a significant amount of pressure off of the back.