Repetitive movements (running marathons) and activities where we sit for long periods of time (transport, work, etc) can cause these muscular imbalances. Prolonged sitting for example, will cause muscles throughout the lower back and pelvis to become shortened, constricted and tight, namely the hip flexors and trunk stabilisers.
Other muscle groups throughout the region such as glutes, thighs and our core muscles will not get used enough in this sitting position – therefore they start to weaken and ‘switch off’.
This combination of ‘short and tight’ and ‘weak and stretched’ muscles is the reason for postural imbalance. The result for us is usually a feeling of pain, stiffness or loss of body confidence.
In treating Lower Back pain, we first must treat the tightness and stiffness into the lower back itself. But to get lasting results we must shift our focus to other areas causing the postural change. Treating the cause, not just the symptom.
So if you think you are suffering from any of the above we can play with balancing your muscle groups to see if we can restore the spring in your back, to help you with your work, rest and play!