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The top 2 reasons for back pain

Back pain plagues so many people. Many live with it thinking there isn’t a solution to their pain. While there are many reasons that can lead to back pain, in my experience, there are two main causes.

Weak glutes

First thing’s first, your glutes are your butt muscles. If you have weak butt muscles, your back has to do a whole lot more work. When that happens, your back muscles over-fire, causing pain, inflammation and a really tight back. Engage your butt muscles by adding strengthening exercises to your day.

Tight hips

low lunge Copyright Body and Mind by MunaTight hips and weak glutes work hand in hand. If your hips are tight, the chances are very high that your butt muscles are weak. If your butt muscles are weak, your back pain will probably increase. Opening the hips relieves pain in the lower back for many people. Add a consistent hip stretching routine to your day for relief.

Everything is connected

It’s important to remember that everything is connected. You remember that song from when you were a kid, “The back bone’s connected to the hip bone. The hip bone’s connected to the leg bone. The leg bone’s connected to the knee bone. …” While the song may be just a bit of fun, the underlying message is true. If one part of your body is imbalanced, your entire body will be thrown off.

Tight hips lead to weak glutes. Weak glutes lead to back pain. Back pain is avoidable.

Relieving back pain

So what can you do to relieve your pain? Stretching your back could help, but getting to the cause of your back pain will be more helpful in the long run.

If you have tight hips and that’s what leading to your back pain, stretch your hips as well as your back. Do your stretches daily to maximize their effect. Not sure what type of hip stretches to do? I have a bunch of follow-along, at home videos you can try.

For weak glutes – you guessed it – you’re going to want to strengthen your butt muscles. Squats, lunges, and bridges are all great exercises to help. And again, if you want some easy-to-follow at home workouts to try, I have an entire video library.

If you have more questions , just let me know!

4 thoughts on “The top 2 reasons for back pain

  1. Pro Inverter

    Earlier this year I developed lower back pain and sciatic nerve pain that kept me awake at night. Then several months ago I developed pain in my lower neck that radiated down my left shoulder blade. As if that wasn’t enough, the pain traveled down my left arm and two of my fingers would go numb. I would have my wife to massage my back but that didn’t help. Tried ice. That made it worse. Do you think exercise or workout could help? Or do I have to undergo therapy?

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    1. Body and Mind by Muna Post author

      James, I’m sorry to hear about your back pain! Exercise can help in some situations, but it should never be painful to workout. I would recommend that you have it checked out by a doctor to see which direction you should go. They may recommend physical therapy or some other type of rehabilitation. Good luck!

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