Stretching for Low Back Pain

Written by Becky

There are a number of different reasons why you might experience low back pain during or after hiking. From your posture, alignment, imbalances in muscle strength, tightness, footwear or the position of your backpack. Using trekking poles is one way to reduce the load force on your spine while hiking, but it is more likely that something further is going on in your body. With generalized low back pain it is common to have muscle tightness in your thighs, glutes and hips. If you are a weekend warrior hiker but spend the majority of your week seated at a computer this could be you. Prolonged periods of sitting contributes to weakness in the glute muscles and reduce range of motion in the hips. If you are experiencing long lasting back pain it is a good idea to check with your doctor first to determine if there are other factors involved. Whether you are a hiker or not this program will help with low back pain.

For those that experience generalized low back discomfort follow the video below for a quick stretching routine to improve range of motion and reduce muscle tightness.


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