Low back stiffness and pain is epedemic in this day and age. And the truth is, there are SO many potential causes for stiffness or pain in the low back. So, let's get this out of the way - it's not in my job description to diagnose, and even if it was, I'm sure as hell not going to try and diagnose in a blog post - that'd be kind of ridiculous.
However, what I CAN do...is share a video that I shot this past week for my coached athletes. In it, I get right to the heart of ONE of many reasons why our back can get a little cranky.
I've seen this over and over again in a variety of people, from all walks of life and activity levels, especially, runners....OR (gasp!)...pain-addicted sickos who, for whatever reason, like to do side planking!
We ALL love to hate that one - it sucks so good, right?
THREE Common Causes of Low Back Stiffness and Pain
Before I get to the video I mentioned above, know this: In my experience working with athletes from different backgrounds and age groups who occasionally struggle with low back pain or soreness...
...in the majority of cases (that aren't the result of a traumatic injury like a crash) the issues are usually related to these...
- The hips aren't as mobile as they need to be: We need the hips to move or the back will have to. As I have often said, the body will absolutely get movement from somewhere - the question is, is it the right somewhere. (This is the biggest culprit if you're typically "tight" or "stiff" or consider yourself inflexible).
- The hips aren't as stable or strong as they need to be: This is another way of saying the low back ends up having to compensate - and "pretends" to be the butt! Not a good thing.
- The core/trunk isn't as stable as it needs to be: Without a stable core, the low back WILL take a beating. In other words, if those smaller muscles throughout the trunk (whose job it is to make sure the spine and entire trunk functions as it should) aren't in synchrony with each other and integrated holistically with the other parts of the body, it's not if you'll have back pain, it's simply when.
To be sure, these aren't the ONLY reasons, but they're the top three.
Or are they?
As I think of it, there's also a FOURTH common cause.
And that is????
...and check out a 12-minute long video that I referred to above.
In it, I get right to this FOURTH reason for low back stiffness.
And, I give you four specific movements you can do to alleviate that stiffness right now.
You and I know any kind of low back pain and stiffness sucks. And if you can relate, then maybe I can help.
What are you waiting for? Click the above image and get right to it.
To your success,
PS: If you're not following me on Instagram, pursuitathlete is my IG handle. I plan on continuing to share more cool training ideas and concepts in the future.
PSS: If you believe this post has been helpful and you'd be interested in hearing from me on a more regular basis via email, you can CLICK HERE to subscribe. I hope you've considered the time it took you to read this as time well spent. 🙂