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The Primary Causes of Lower Back Pain and How Millions Incur It Without Knowing


If you’re a posture professional you already know about the lower back and the millions of people who suffer from pain in this area. It’s far too common to hear someone complain about their lower back. It’s almost become natural to work with someone in a fitness or health environment and one of the many complaints they have about their body is their lower back.


[National Posture Institute] The Primary Causes of Lower Back Pain and How Millions Incur It Without Knowing


What could be the cause of lower back pain? There are quite a number of possible reasons. A person may experience pain in their lower back because of an injury. This seems to be the most plausible response for some because pain usually follows an injury. The scary part is when the pain seems so sudden or it’s been there for weeks off and on and there doesn’t seem to be an end to it. Most people will try some form of medication and if it’s really bad they’ll see a doctor.


What’s happening in the lower back region and why are millions suffering from this now commonplace issue? Lower back pain can be caused by a torn or pulled muscle and/or ligament. A strain occurs if a muscle is stretched too far and tears while a sprain occurs when ligaments are overstretched and/or torn. This all sounds quite painful and anyone who has experienced it can attest to this.


Mechanical issues and other injuries can cause lower back pain. From damage to the intervertebral discs to compression of nerve roots, it’s all painful and can come on without a definitive injury or noticeable warning signs. However, most people wouldn’t think about movement and body alignment as a cause for concern.


If body alignment comes to mind when you think of lower back pain then you got that right. Body alignment and posture are also major concerns as they can often lead to a sprain and/or strain. Body alignment doesn’t seem like much at first nor like it’s of super importance until it really is an issue. It may start with routine unsupported spinal flexion (bending forward to touch your toes), and end with a movement as simple as twisting in a chair at work to grab papers on the desk behind.


Can you imagine throwing your back out and missing weeks off work because you threw your back out grabbing papers? Neither can most people. It just seems so simple, but the issue here is that this kind of problem doesn’t just happen. It’s the result of prolonged poor body alignment and movements.


Imagine the average person sitting for eight plus hours daily. This puts some pressure on the spine as is, but now think of those people performing basic activities of daily living with poor alignment. Many perform activities with their shoulders and neck out of alignment; as they walk, sit, and stand they may hunch over for hours. Now think about their exercise routine most people aren’t performing exercise movements in proper body alignment.


Taking everything into account so far it’s no wonder people experience lower back pain. It’s not just the injuries and the actual pain it’s what builds up to it. Keep In mind, it’s quite possible to get into an accident and experience a sprain or strain even if you consistently have good body alignment. Injuries on or off the job aren’t uncommon; people hurt themselves falling, lifting with their back, or via some other catastrophe. However, think about the millions who aren’t aware of how their body alignment contributed to their lower back pain.


How does one relieve lower back pain? It’s easily relieved with some form of medication, but this shouldn’t be the staple. Exercise to strengthen weakened muscles, stretch tight muscles, perform activities in proper body alignment, and take breaks. These are all great methods to help alleviate the issue. Above all, we must all learn about the issues that cause lower back pain and make adjustments to avoid them.


With posture in mind, have you taken our yearly trends survey? You’d be shocked at how many personal trainers and health professionals skip posture or just don’t know the role it plays in our day to day lives. Please take a moment and take our survey. By taking the survey you automatically enter to win access to our NPI-Certified Posture Specialist™ program.


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