Got Back Pain? Your Core is Not Guilty!!

So many people are still fixated on the idea that back pain means the back needs to be released, and the core needs to be stronger. Neither is true. In our experience the pressure on the back needs to be released, but it's usually achieved by playing detective, and trying to figure out what areas are not moving well enough and burdening the lower back.

We find back pain often stems from a lack of movement at the hips, and particularly the inner hip, lateral hip, pelvic floor or adductor complex. The core doesn't need to be strengthened, it needs to be loosened, and lengthened. Constant sitting, stress, poor movement, dehydration etc, create shortening through the superficial core muscles, and tightening through the pelvic floor.

If you have recurrent back pain then it might be time to play detective! Answer the following questions honestly:

  • Are you eating great quality nutrition to build healthy tissue?

  • Are you drinking enough water to hydrate your tissues?

  • Are you moving intelligently, in a variety of ways to create space and efficiency in your body?

  • Are you stuck in repeated positions (sitting) that might be increasing your pain?

  • Have you been trying to strengthen your core to help your back pain and it’s not working?