How often do you find yourself in physical discomfort? Whether it's from a previous or current injury, postural habits, misalignments, or training habits, we all know feeling pain or discomfort in our body is frustrating and no fun! Personally, for the past year or so, I've had lower back pain. You wouldn't know it from my aerial videos but behind the scenes, I spent at least an hour a day warming up and I can't sit for long. If I don't take the time to give my back the attention it needs, it's cranky and so am I.
The cause is likely due to several factors ... sitting too much during the pandemic, favoring my right side split for about 30 years now which has caused misalignments (been splitting since I was about 6!), an imbalance between my external vs. internal hip rotation and other factors. I'm currently working with a physical therapist to help me move smarter and strengthen imbalances. While back pain has a myriad of causes, based on the statics there's about an 8% chance you too have back pain.
(a study conducted by Georgetown University reported that about 8% of all adults experience back pain, whew that's a lot!). For this week's tip, I put together a video of my go-to lower back pain warm-up if I only have 10-15 minutes, or if I've been sitting for hours on a plane and need some relief. Grab a pair of yoga blocks, press play and follow along!
Please keep in mind that when it comes to back pain, it's complicated! What may work for me, may not work for you.
It's always best to consult with a physician, physical therapist, or another specialist to help you determine your best treatment/movement plan. With that said, one thing is for sure - movement heals. The more I move in the correct way, the better my back feels! A reminder to take good care of that bod of yours, it's the only one you've got!
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