Tips for home exercise and treatment for low back pain
Updated: Sep 9, 2020
I've been seeing a lot of people coming to the clinic with tight hip flexors lately. Because the main hip flexor (the iliopsoas muscle) connects to the lumbar vertebrae, tight hip flexors will often lead to lower back pain and dysfunction. Most patients who see me for low back pain usually get some kind of hip flexor release as part of the treatment. Hip flexors can become tight for various reasons - especially overuse. Are you stuck in your home office? If you spend a lot of time in a sitting position without getting up to move around, you will also be more likely to get shortened hip flexors. To do something about it, I recommend stretching according to the instructions given in this video.
If you really want to get results, hold the stretch for at least one minute and repeat this several times. In case that doesn't do the trick, come and see me and I'll be sure to have some other way to release it for you.