About 80% of Americans suffer from low back pain according to Mayo Clinic and multiple research studies. It is no surprise considering that most jobs and daily tasks are spent sitting down. There are three main reasons that can cause low back pain. One of them is by straining the muscles in the back. This could be from exercising incorrectly, or simply moving in a wrong way. Another reason could be because of a structural problem in the back. Examples include a ruptured or bulged disc. Lastly, back pain can be the result of same everyday activity or poor posture.
Poor posture is the common culprit for back pain. When our muscles are not balanced and equally working together then our posture declines. Once we start losing proper posture then our back muscles lose the ability to work efficiently. This creates pain in the back and overtime overall body pain. Luckily, posture can be improved and doing Egoscue exercises can give you great results.
Egoscue is a revolutionary method for stopping chronic pain and is beneficial for everyone. Egoscue was founded by Pete Egoscue, and the program uses gentle exercises to help correct misalignments. It helps to reintroduce proper body mechanics.
The picture included in this article is an example of an Egoscue exercise to help reduce low back pain. It is called Static Back and can be done everyday. This exercise relaxes the hip flexor muscles and hamstrings which are both often too tight. Placing the hip flexors in this position forces the back to be in its neutral position rather than arched or slouched. Here is how to do the Egoscue exercise.
1. Lie on your back on a comfortable surface with both feet up on a chair, or couch. Make sure that your legs make a 90 degree angle and that your shins are parallel with the floor. In addition, have your feet shoulder width apart. These positions are important, because you want your body to be in perfect alignment.
2. Have your palms facing upward and away from your body about 45 degrees. This helps place your scapulas in the proper position.
3. Rest for at least five minutes. Enjoy it!
Caution: Do not perform this exercise if you are pregnant and in the 2nd or 3rd trimester.
Once you have completed the exercise get up slowly to the side.