Lower back pain affects about 80% of Americans at some point in life. In fact, lower back pain is one of the leading causes of disability in America, but it is possible to reduce or eliminate back pain by incorporating specific stretches into your everyday life.
It is the responsibility of the lower back to support the weight of the upper body. The human back has a remarkable structure of joints, nerves, ligaments, and interconnecting bones, but this layout, so to speak, can make the back susceptible to pain. There is an overlapping nerve supply to muscles, ligaments, and discs, and the brain can become confused when trying to assess the cause of the lower back pain. The brain can interpret a slipped disc as a torn muscle, and both of these injuries induce muscle spasms and inflammatory responses.
Stretching benefits the back by increasing mobility and reducing muscle tension. There is no excuse for not doing these stretches every day. As our functional fitness coach, Keith Hodges, explains in the video below, these stretches are extremely easy to do and they are greatly beneficial for your back. Follow along with Keith as he demonstrates the stretches in the video.
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