Lower back pain that comes and goes is one of the most common things we see in the clinic. It’s frustrating to invest time, money, and energy on treatments to solve back pain only to have the pain come back days, weeks, or months later. As you get older you may start to notice that the frequency of this pain begins to increase and becomes a bit more concerning. You may start to wonder what would happen if this pain were to get worse in 5, 10, 20 years?
In this article I’ll teach you the three things that cause your lower back pain never fully goes away and what what you can do to prevent it from coming back.
Improve Movement Patterns
Movement Patterns refer to how we coordinate movements to perform basic tasks. I’m not exagerating when I say that improving movement patterns is the most important, and most commonly left out, part of a treatment plan to solve lower back pain. When you don’t coordinate your movements in the proper sequence, you end up putting more impact on your spine. Overtime this contributes to lower back pain that comes and goes.
The Hinge, lift, and squat are foundational movement patterns that we perform on a daily basis (even when we’re not exercising). Learning, practicing and understanding these these exercises will save you from YEARS of lower back pain.
Improve Mobility and Flexibility
Limitations in range of motion of a joint can determine how much impact goes through our spine. Stiff joints are less able to absorb the impact of our daily activities. This leads to more force being transfered to your lower back throughout your day. Limititations in your range of motion also cause compensations that lead to impact on joints that weren’t meant to take such a load…like our low back. Overtime this leads to your low back pain coming back.
It can be hard knowing when and where to mobilize. The most common areas of limitations in clients with lower back pain are the ankle, hip, and middle back. If your body is on the ‘stiff’ side, incorporating mobilization exercises into your daily routine can help limit impact on your lower back.
Mid Back Mobility
Our muscles primary job is to protect our joints during our daily routine and while performing all of our favorite activities. The unfortunate truth is that you lose muscle mass as you get older. When our body isn’t strong enough to support our lifestyle more impact ends up going though our spine and leading to your lower back pain coming back.
Which is why strength training has to be part of every plan to solve lower back pain that comes and goes. Strong glutes, core, and postural muscles protect your lower back. But more importantly, they improve your confidence in our body’s ability to handle your favorite activities. So you can get back to ENJOYING life without lower back pain.
Your body has an amazing ability to heal itself. But it’s unrealistic to expect those tissues to heal if you keep aggravating the structures involved. Issues with our movement patterns, strength, and mobility are the reasons our lower back pain comes and goes. Getting on a program to improve these three areas is the best thing you can do to keep active, strong, and doing what you love.
To help you get started, I’ve put together the EXACT program we’ve used in the clinic to solve years of lower back pain. And it’s yours for free – just follow the link below..