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.
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 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!