LOWER BACK PAIN
The very first consideration regarding lower back pain is whether the core abdominal muscles are too weak. The lower back and the abdominals are designed to be in balance. When the core is weaker, the stress of motion goes to the back joints, already fragile for other reasons. If the core is engaged, stress is placed more properly on the core muscles and the spine joints are allowed to relax, heal and thrive. The solution is to release lower back tension and strengthen the core.
The best way to release lower back tension is to release the hip joints. The exercises shown in the link below help so much that students are often reporting the disappearance of lower back pain during classes. The long term solution is to train yourself to use the hip joints instead of the spine joints. Hip joints are structured for heavy work. Spine joints are designed for nuance. Add to that an increase in core strength to protect the spine and you have a recipe for spine health.
After teaching simple Building Better Balance lower back exercises at a luncheon presentation, one of the attendees came up to me to say that the exercises had caused his lower back pain to disappear! The other 7 gents at his table experienced the same thing! I hear this from my students all the time.
Click below to see which exercises.