3 Unusual Causes of Back Pain

Do you have unexplained back pain? There are many different causes for back pain that aren’t from old age, previous accidents or strenuous labor. If you are experiencing pain, here are three possible causes of your back pain.

The position of your pelvis

If you can’t explain your back pain, maybe it’s because your pelvis is out of alignment. The spine rests in the pelvis, which controls our body movement such as standing, walking, sitting and bending. For a lot of people, the left side is rotated to the right, or the muscles are tight causing the pelvis to shift out of place. Either of these problems can cause back pain.

How to stretch your pelvic muscles?
Lie on your back and place your feet on the floor, knees bent. Place one foot over the opposite knee. Lift the bent leg underneath and hold with your hands for about 30 seconds.
Repeat with the other leg.

Weak ab muscles

Your ab muscles are called “the core” for a reason. They are the center of a lot of
movements and lifting. If your core muscles aren’t being consistently cared for and strengthened, the rest of your body, namely your lower back, will have to swoop in and carry the load, which can cause pain and eventually injury.

What are the best exercises for core muscles?
Yoga has been known to be one of the best ways to strengthen your core. Beth Shaw, founder of YogaFit, says, “Yoga conditions the abdominal region for movement and stability and, more than anything, for balance and strength."

Sitting too long

Our bodies aren’t designed to sit for long periods of time. According to Dr. Joan
Vernikos, author of Sitting Kills, Moving Heals, “the body is a perpetual motion
machine.” When you are sitting, your muscles get less oxygen and nutrients from your blood making them less elastic and stiff, which can cause pain.
@docjenfit gives a couple great solutions from the way you’re sitting in your chair to hip flexor stretches. If you follow her she does videos throughout the day that are always helpful.

Back pain is one of the most leading causes for doctor visits, and only 25-30% actually seek treatment. If you are experiencing pain, take it seriously. If exercising and stretching don’t give you relief, consult your doctor.