Stretch to Reduce Pain
Video by Dr. John Wertish
Hip mobility is vital for the correct function of the lower back. Improper hip mobility can lead to low back pain, hip pain, and joint degeneration. In the clinic we see athletes that have decreased motion in the hip from the tension in the gluteal muscles. This compensation can lead to improper motion and mechanics of the pelvis and the low back. Chiropractic care is essential to get our joints to move with full range of motion to allow us to heal. Muscle’s that support our skeletal system and joints need to be strengthened to create stability in our joints. In the clinic we work with low back pain every day and a common pattern in tension in the gluteal muscles. We want to hold this stretch for 30 seconds with two repetitions to help maximize the flexibility. Try this stretch at home and help your mobility to decrease pain.
Below are a few quotes from research on hip range of motion and back pain.
“Hip range of motion (ROM) is one of the vital movements for the natural load distribution mechanism in the hip and the function and loading of the spine and hip”
“Nonspecific low back pain (NSLBP) is a common condition, although the mechanisms of its occurrence are still not totally clear. Most people experience NSLBP more than once in their lifetime. Recently more attention has been paid to the hip and its potential contributions to NSLBP”
1) Hatefi M, Babakhani F, Ashrafizadeh M. The effect of static stretching exercises on hip range of motion, pain, and disability in patients with non-specific low back pain. J Exp Orthop. 2021 Jul 27;8(1):55. doi: 10.1186/s40634-021-00371-w. PMID: 34318348; PMCID: PMC8316530.
We love to help our patients in St. Louis Park stay healthy. We are here to relieve back pain, neck pain and headaches while also teaching about how our diet and stress effects our over all health. By improving these areas of our lives we can become healthier, stay out of pain and reduce risk of diseases. Our Chiropractors located in the West End, near the corner of MN-100 S & Lake Rd./Westside Dr.,, want to help you stay healthy and out of pain!