An Overlooked Source of Low Back Pain

One of the big reasons that people have developed back problems, particularly in their middle age, is that we are a “desk society” now. We sit at desks. And our muscles in our core get weak from just sitting, and not using
them in a three dimensional way—the way they were meant to be used. But also, the hip flexor muscles, which
is in the front of the hip, can become quite tight. And that hip flexor connects on to your lower back
in a very intimate way. It actually connects on the disc in your lower back,
and on some of the vertebrae in your lower back. And if that muscle gets shortened up, it causes a lot of tension and compression in the lumbar spine, and also can give you problems in your hip joint. And you end up compensating and doing all kinds of things because of this tightness that’s developed in front of your body, actually. So, what we look at very closely is how the hip flexor functions and the elastic qualities that are available in the front of the body to allow the body to move in a three-dimensional way. That’s not to say that the back of the body is not important,
and that doesn’t need to be looked at. We do look at that as well. But, from our experience, the part that is really
overlooked is the front of the body. And by freeing the adhesions that affect the abdominals, that affect the hip flexor—even some of the lower back muscles, you actually allow those muscles to be able
to contract much freer and much quicker. So, you get a much better stabilization effect.
When your muscles can function efficiently and pain free. We are able to allow you to stand up straighter. You can get up quicker out of your chair, without
feeling the pulling and tension in your back and your hip. But most critically, the pain in your back will oftentimes resolve. And you’ll feel much more flexible in your body, because of the freedom that you have by loosening the tissue around the core.

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