Do you have Back pain?
Low back pain has affected almost everyone in the world. Back pain sucks and it can prevent you from doing a lot of activities. Living in Silicon Valley, I’ve seen and heard so many people complaining about how their backs hurt doing simple daily activities to post workouts. These complaints were not just complaints about being sore, they range from acute to chronic pains.
One thing I have noticed that is common in most of these individuals is how sedentary they are. Of course, here in Silicon Valley most of the jobs are desk jobs ranging from computer techs, engineers to truck drivers.
These sedentary lifestyles can and will cause weakness in certain muscle groups that help with posture and functional movements.
In this post, I will talk about the causes of back pain, I will teach you basic anatomy of your back and which movements and exercises you should be doing to help prevent and possibly rehab your low back.
Causes of Back Pain
Back pain can be caused by different things. But our main concern here are the individuals who have a sedentary lifestyle.
Sitting down for long periods of time will put a lot of stress on your spine. This will disengage your core muscles and they will adapt to the shortened position they’re put in all day long.
Being sedentary also creates a movement disfunction and postural problems. Staying in this position all day and then going to the gym to lift can cause more problems such as: Herniated or slipped discs, bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, inflammation and more. Let’s redirect our evolution away from our chairs and back to a healthy and happy back.
Basic Hip and Core Anatomy
Our hips consist of muscles that help flex and extend the hip joint, external and internal rotate the femur (leg bone) and most importantly our core muscles help stabilize the hips and the spine.
Major muscles in the Hip: