What causes lower back pain? It could be a number of things contributing to the issue such as incorrect posture, occupation – sitting for hours of the day, repetitive movements in the spine, sleeping on your side or stomach causing that imbalance and lengths of the muscles supporting your lower back/pelvis, traumatic experiences, the weather, nerve entrapment’s/impingement’s, it could be a number of things.
A majority of the clients I see as a Myotherapist are people with lower back pain. My client Osvaldo in particular had Lower back pain on his right side and a history of bulging disc on the right lumber spine. This client has been working for 30 + years, 10 + hour days 5-6 days a week working for a broadcasting network preparing cameras and visual settings back stage.
A lot of receptive movements, poor posture and poor sleeping pattern/ the way he slept contributed to the lower back pain. Coming into the clinic he could barely walk straight, struggled to walk up the stairs and with certain range of motion and movement in the spine such as rotation… pain would come on. The treatment I performed to help him live pain free, gain range of motion in the spine and take pressure off the lower back and pelvis included two 60 minute treatments of:
– Applying a heat pack along the spine to relax the muscles and increase the blood flow.
– Myofascial release, deep tissue and trigger point work through the quadratus lumborum (QL – lower back muscle), eractae spinae muscles (muscles running off the spine) and the gluteal muscles. Getting more movement in the fascia and releasing tension in the muscles.
– Static stretching the hip flexors, the iliopsoas muscle (major hip flexor muscle) to really lengthen the shorten hip flexors.
– Cupping around the lower back region again release tension, increase of blood flow and to break up the fascia.