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Why is low back pain so common?

Peggy Brill
Physical Therapy
There are lots of vertebrae, nerves and muscles in the back, so there is a lot of opportunity to develop pain if you move the wrong way. Watch me describe an exercise that can restore the normal curvature of your back.

It is estimated that 85% of individuals suffer from low back pain. This is likely caused by diminished strength in “core stabilizing muscles” such as the deeper abdominals and low back muscles. Additional causes might be further muscular imbalances caused by either sitting for long periods of time or even performing too many abdominal exercises without also working the lower back.

Helpful tips include:

  • Practicing the drawing-in maneuver (tightening the deeper core musculature by pulling the belly button toward the spine)
  • Maintaining proper posture during exercise
  • Using proper form when lifting heavy objects (lift with your legs, not with your back!)

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