No more broken back: How to combat lower back pain

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Do you suffer from lower back pain?

lower back painLower back pain is one of the most common complaints I hear from my gym members when I ask them if they have any injuries or soreness. But along with this complaint comes the fact that most don’t know what to do to help relieve this type of pain. While there are quick fixes out there, i.e. chiropractor, most of us are looking for permanent relief. Without building muscle in your core, you won’t experience permanent relief.

First of all, I’m not a doctor

If your lower back pain is terrible, please seek medical advice first and foremost prior to trying to combat it on your own. Scoliosis and bulging discs are becoming more common these days. Be sure to rule these out before lifting heavy.

Core strength

If you’re not aware, our core consists of our abs, back, glutes, and thighs. All of these muscle groups affect our lower back. Some lower back pain comes from poor posture, other cases can be traced back to the hips or spine. Whatever the cause, working on your core strength will help your lower back feel better. Doing squats and dead-lifts will help strengthen your core.

Stretching and flexibility

Yoga, yoga, and yoga! I can’t express enough how amazing yoga is. In addition to building core strength, it is also great for flexibility. Without stretching, it’s hard to bring relief to tight muscles and tendons. It’s ideal to stretch everyday, especially when working out. I try to practice yoga at least once a week if not more often. It’s a great activity for my “rest” and recovery days. How often do you stretch? Do you practice yoga too?

What do you do to help your lower back pain?


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