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By Sherwin Nicholson | SN Health Resources | Updated August 29, 2018

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If your lower back pain is affecting your ability to perform and function well in many areas of your life, there some important areas you can begin to change now to make your life easier.

These areas include many basic activities of daily living, household duties, yard work, and gardening, or recreational sports like golfing or tennis, to name a few.  If you’re in pain now, without changing, they will become progressively more challenging and difficult to perform when your discomfort become more complicated.

You have to improve your hip flexibility and leg strength as often as possible

With a proper foundation of simple exercises and stretches that target and retrain the very muscles that affect the lower back, you can enjoy improved mobility and performance across all of these areas. However, it requires your commitment of time and effort for results.

When you suffer from chronic pain, it often restricts how you prefer to move the muscles of your hips and legs.  You are naturally trying to avoid re-injuring yourself but you still have to keep your lower body as physically active as possible.  You don’t want to avoid from moving in the body is naturally are made to.

Repetitive injuries from lack of use

Because we tend to move our bodies differently to avoid from hurting, we end up using less specialized muscle groups instead.

These muscles then learn to move incorrectly over time and will cause imbalances that later worsen your condition.  They then become progressively strained and begin to hurt again.  This complicates our issues and leads us to have more difficulty in troubleshooting which areas possess the source of the pain.

What happens as a result is that you end not treating the source but just the immediate areas of soreness.

A typical example is where an individual spends more time strengthening their lower back muscles instead of their glute muscles. This makes the problem worse because those muscles are already too tight and strong.  It’s the glute muscles that have become too weak to protect your spine as it should.

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By not treating these more crucial areas, we end up applying temporary treatment to the wrong area.  This naturally results in a cycle of ineffective treatment and temporary relief.   Because the source of our discomfort has not been addressed yet,  sufferers may mistakenly be led to believe that they cannot be helped and may resign to accept chronic back problems.

Unfortunate Problems Over Time

Chronic lower back pain does not happen overnight or morning only.  It’s from many smaller problems that always build up over time to cause stress to your lumbar vertebrae and discs.  Before you notice any discomfort, these problems would have developed long before.

Your spine is capable of withstanding  an incredible amount of strain and pressure, even if unbalanced.  However, the discs and joints involved do have an upper limit in which too much pressure will result in nerve impingement, disc bulge (or tear), or joint wear.

The smaller intrinsic muscles that keep the spine stable also have their limits.  They begin to strain and fatigue from constant pressure or load bearing.  They risk strain, sprain, tear or spasm when pushed beyond their limit.

Mixed Signals from the Body

These areas of the body are very strong and can bear the load and dynamic pressures we place on them.  However, they usually bear it until failure with little signs of warning except for a dull aching sensation in some cases.  We are not normally sensitive to these warning signs and interpret it as a minor problem that over-the-counter medications can remedy.  Through repeated cycles of this process, the risk of serious injury and pain is more likely.

 

Targeted exercise as a better and necessary option

It’s not necessary to go to the gym to relieve your discomfort. In fact you may just make it worse for yourself.

What you can do are these 10 simple exercises to get yourself started on a proper road to recovery.  They won’t take much of your time. You’ll be surprised what a difference they will make and there is of more you can do available for long term relief.

Simple physical activities as a form of treatment can be intimidating as one may believe that there would be a risk.  Therefore, it is important to follow the correct method that is protective to the spine and not harmful.

The 10 specific movements can be learned easily at your own pace.  They are effective in allowing the spine to function as intended so that it will not compensate for other muscles groups previously neglected.

Transferring the responsibility of work performed from the spine to the muscles of the lower back, hips and legs is necessary for relief.

Exercise should not be seen as an activity to perform while in pain with the hope relief.   Rather, it is the means to retrain and recondition the body to function effectively to protect you from hurting. In order to stay motivated to this reconditioning, and to see the benefits on the spine, it is also helpful to understand the purpose of each muscle group being trained.

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