As an osteopath most of the people I see here in North Finchley come in with low back pain.
Some people come in with acute pain but most come in with chronic pain that’s been ongoing for years.
I often wonder why people leave it so late to get it seen. But that’s just our stubborn human nature I guess.
My Observations Of People With Low Back Pain
Many of the people I see with chronic low back pain share similar characteristics.
They are often very tight in the muscles surrounding their lower backs. Hips, hamstrings and buttocks are the most tight areas.
Of course it also doesn’t help that we spend most of the day sitting. We sit to eat breakfast, we sit while driving to work, we sit at work, sit driving back from work and sit down in front of the TV for the rest of the evening.
So naturally all this sitting makes us tighter than we should be.
A Chicken and Egg Scenario
It is questionable whether the tightness came first and led to the onset of low back pain. Or did the back pain come first which then led to tightness in the muscles of the surrounding area?
Either way it doesn’t matter because to overcome chronic lower back pain, the tightness surrounding it needs to be addressed first.
So in my opinion, if you have chronic lower back pain then you should be stretching your hip muscles, your hamstrings and your buttocks.
The stretches I recommend are featured in the video above.
I say this to all my patients;
“The more you put into resolving your low back pain, the quicker it will get better”.
What I mean by this is that if you are not doing any stretching or exercise to overcome your injuries then it will not get better. If you are only doing one or two sessions of stretching or exercise per week then it may slowly get better. But if you are making a conscious effort to stretch and exercise regularly then you will see results much quicker.
At the end of the day an osteopath like me can only tell you what you need to do. You have to actually put the work in yourself too.
Hopefully this helps.
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What You Should Do Now
If you are suffering from chronic low back pain then we suggest you get it assessed.
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