Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is the primary reason clients visit our therapists here at MCNT, with an estimate of over 60% of complaints related to lower back pain. Many of these clients, surprisingly, don’t have tight lower back muscles but instead do have extremely tight hamstrings and hip flexors (psoas).
Causes | Lower Back Pain
In Melbourne, many of our day jobs require us to be in a seated position for a long time, a position that causes the hamstring and psoas muscles to be shortened. The muscles can develop trigger points if they are left in this shortened position for an excessive amount of time, and over time, the muscles will become shorter than they should be. The pelvis moves forward consequently, and the lower back curves too much as a result. In turn, this may result in nerve impingement or muscle strain in the lower back.
At Melbourne Natural Therapies, our remedial massage therapists can work on lengthening the shortened muscles and show you exercises to do for the long, weak muscles to correct this imbalance and increase your chances of getting rid of the symptoms and keeping them from coming back.
Other Causes of Lower Back Pain
Muscles, nerve endings, ligaments, and tendons connect to the lower limbs primarily through our lower back. There are a lot of things that could go wrong because there are so many structures in the area. These can include:
- Spinal disc buldge or herniation
- Wear and tear/ aging
- Injuries to hamstrings or hips leading to referred pain in lower back
- Structural issues, i.e. Scoliosis
- Lack of exercise, fatigue and decreased strength
- Old injuries and scar tissue limiting range of movement
How to Treat Lower Back Pain with Remedial Massage
Our remedial massage therapists can provide you with advice on at-home exercises to build strength and long-term lower back maintenance. Remedial massage is a great way to manage or eliminate many of these issues.
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