#1 Contributor to Lower Back pain. Part 1 of 3
I think we would all agree that nobody likes living with low back pain, yet it is one of the most common complaints to come into a Chiropractic office. So what if I told you that it is possible to live without low back pain in Friendswood and have and the complications that come with it. This chiropractic blog post aims to educate on the major reason behind most people's low back pain.
Bad posture Bad back?!
First and foremost, the most common reason behind low back pain is a postural deviation known as anterior pelvic tilt(APT). APT is when your pelvis tilts forward instead of being in a neutral position. This is mostly the result of muscular imbalances in your body due to prolonged sitting at school and/or work. This condition tightens the quadricep (front of thigh) muscles and psoas (hip flexor muscles) muscles while also lengthening and inhibiting the hamstrings (back of thigh) muscles, which causes the pelvis to tip forward. Then add in weak lower abdominal muscles, and you may be looking at a fairly painful situation. When the pelvis is pulled forward our buttocks begin to push out and our low back curves in an exaggerated manner causing compression and increased pressure in the low back vertebrae.
- Lower abdominals
This compression in the low back not only puts stress on the vertebrae but also on the lower back muscles such as the quadratus lumborum (this muscle allows for side bending in the lower back) or QL for short. Which creates a lot of tension on any muscles connected to the QL. Think about it this way, your pelvis is similar to a sea saw or teeter totter with the hip flexor/quadriceps on one side and your hamstrings on the other. Except with this situation, we would prefer a perfect balance on both sides instead of constant up and down of the sides. Proper muscle tension in the hip flexors, quadriceps and hamstrings provides proper balance and alignment to the pelvis allowing for maximized function and decreased pain.
The effects of sitting too much
Now that we know what is happening the question becomes why is it happening. For most people anterior pelvic tilt happens because we are stuck in a seated position more often than we should be. This tightens the quadricep and hip flexor muscles and pulls the pelvis forward. While simultaneously stretching the hamstrings and causing them to become weak. The hamstrings are crucial to keeping the pelvis in a neutral position. Unfortunately, because of the way our modern world work, we do not get the chance to move as much as we would like, and we sit more often than we should.
Stretches and exercises coming next week!!
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Dr. Haywood D.C.
Forever Well Chiropractic
Whole body wellness center
306 S Friendswood dr.
Friendswood TX 77546