Hip mobility and Low Back Pain
Often times patients mention to me low back pain, is accompanied with an extra pain source, the hips. Whether in the SI joints, or outer thigh area, the “hip” is a broad term, but can be an extra, and annoying source of pain.
Patients concerns over an extra injury are often unwarranted, due to shared muscle and ligament attachments such as the pirfifromis, psoas, IT band, and glutes that share attachments at the hip and low back. The question is now, what can we do with tight hips, often brought on by extensive sitting that is ever more prominent in our culture, to help release those tight muscles, and help prevent low back injuries?
Static stretching is the best place to start. It is difficult to push beyond anatomical limits with this type of stretch, and is a good start at getting loose, and warming tissues up for activity.
-Supine Piriformis stretch
The next step in getting loose, the post-isometric-relaxation technique takes some effort, from a friend, and allows one to stretch tight muscles further than alone.
Lastly, the most overlooked tissue to be stretched, the joint capsule. Often difficult to stretch with other techniques, this technique allows joints to be “gapped” or increased space within the joint, and stretch the soft tissue components that make up the joint, bathing the joint in lubricating fluid.
These are great exercises to start at home. Remember, we are only a phone call away if you need professional Chiropractic care. Our number is 330-800-9009.
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