ARE YOU MAKING YOUR LOW BACK PAIN WORSE?

ATTN: This post is geared towards those with flexion intolerant low back pain. If you have no back pain or pain not aggravated by flexion, this does not apply to you. Ok...carry on.

To this day, the most common advice given to patients with low back pain is to stretch the low back. This needs to ✋ stop!

90% of LBP cases are aggravated by flexion. Stretching will often feel good because it reduces muscular tension. But the question we need to ask is...🤔 Why is that tension there?

In flexion intolerant back pain cases, muscles of the low back become tight because they are trying to stabilize you. Most of us live in flexed postures, as we sit for large parts of the day. These prolonged flexed postures (over 🕗 20 min) result in laxity of the ligaments and other soft tissues around the spine. This is known as creep.

This laxity ⤵ decreases intrinsic stability, making the muscles grab on to take up the slack. So when you stretch your low back, although it may feel good 😌, you aren't doing yourself any favors 😔. You need to stop stretching and start stabilizing.

That starts with the drill I showed you yesterday. It continues by becoming aware of your posture, especially while sitting. 👉 Check out @vinnierehab's #MyoSittingSeries to pick up some tips there.

Tomorrow I'll show you what you can do instead of stretching so tag a friend with low back pain and share the wealth!

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