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Hip mobility and low back pain

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Do you feel you suffer reduced mobility in one or both of your hip joints? Do you get lower back pain when you squat, or have you ever bent down to pick something up, only to experience a sudden onset of lower back pain? There may be a link between your reduced hip mobility, and recurrent low back pain.

So just how is it that lower back pain could be related to the state of the hip joints? The joint-by-joint approach was first developed by an American Physical therapist Gray Cook and strength and conditioning coach, Mike Boyle. Their approach to treating and training the body explained how a restriction in one area of the body could result in pain elsewhere. A loss of mobility through one region of the body, for example, the hips or mid back, means our body has to make up for that loss of movement in another region. The lower back, being in close proximity to the hip joints, is the most likely candidate to come to the rescue, and compensate for this reduced functionality. If our hips won’t move, then our lower back will have to. This decreases the stability of the lower back while placing extra and unnecessary strain on the soft tissue structures. Over time this extra strain causes damages to tissues and can result in pain.

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Our increasingly sedentary lifestyles leave us prone to developing these mobility restrictions, making stretching and mobility exercises an important part of everyone’s daily routine.

If you have any questions on mobility exercises or are suffering back pain or any other type of pain come in and see us or book an appointment today on 02 9922 6116 or visit our clinic at “Walker House”, Level 3, Suite 304, 161 Walker Street, North Sydney for more information.

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