4 Stretches You Probably Didn’t Know Could Ease Back Pain

4 Stretches You Probably Didn’t Know Could Ease Back Pain

Give these tight spots some love to relieve nagging back discomfort and tension.

Lower back pain is very common, and it can be caused by a variety of things, making finding the best treatment for you difficult and frustrating.

One of the most common causes of back pain?

Long periods of sitting, especially when combined with poor posture, exacerbate disc pressure, muscle stiffness, and other back-related annoyances.

Don't feel bad: sitting in a chair for too long, slouching on the couch, or working in bed are all common occurrences.

This is most likely why almost everyone has a back problem at some point in their lives.

One common misconception about back pain is that stretches that specifically target the back are the best or only way to find relief.

And while gentle back stretches are essential for strength and mobility, back discomfort can also be caused by tightness, stiffness, or misalignment in nearby joints or muscle groups.

Long periods of sitting, such as driving for hours, working at a desk, or studying at the kitchen table, can tighten and shorten the hip flexors, making them less mobile.

Not only will you experience direct hip stiffness, but it will also weaken your glutes and pull your pelvis and ribcage down, putting indirect strain on your lower back.

"Not only do we lose range of motion in the hip joints when we stop moving as much as we should," says Jennifer Esquer, PT, DPT, a physical therapist, influencer, and creator of The Mobility Method and The Optimal Body.

"Without our ability to move well through the hips, the low back picks up the slack and takes on a lot more pressure than it's used to," Esquer says. Esquer shares four effective stretches that target tight hips, glutes, quads, hamstrings, and adductors, which could be secretly fueling your back pain.

Each of the moves below can be done at home, even in the middle of a hectic work day, as often as needed.

For helpful visuals and cues, read the instructions here and then follow along with Esquer in the demo video above.

Read the original article "4 Back-Pain-Relieving Stretches You Probably Didn't Know About" at https://www.realsimple.com/health/fitness-exercise/stretching-yoga/stretches-for-lower-back-pain

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