Stiff and tight back muscles definitely contribute to back pain. Today, we want to explain why and also recommend some treatments which will help you to relieve discomfort. Once you understand the connection between stiff and tight muscles and back pain, and how the right treatments will help to resolve back muscle-related symptoms of back pain, you’ll be able to practice effective self-care which positively impacts your health and well-being.
Back pain is something that eighty percent of USA residents experience at some point during their lives. Learning the best ways to care for your back muscles will help you to make them stronger and this will minimize or eliminate back pain unless another underlying health condition is causing it.
Are Your Back Muscles Stiff and Tight?
Sometimes, muscles in the upper back trigger pain in the higher part of the back. They may trigger neck and shoulder pain, too. The truth is that there are plenty of muscle groups which connect to the back. If a muscle gets tight, it may pull on part of the back and this is when the back pain will strike.
In particular, the lower back is prone to pain which relates to tight and/or stiff lower back muscles and muscles which connect to the lower back. For example, if you’re someone who sits a lot for work, you may suffer from shortened hip flexor muscles (at the front side of the pelvis) and this is a common cause of lower back discomfort.
What Is The Best Strategy To Improve Flexibility In Your Back?
There are some excellent exercises which will help you to improve overall back flexibility. For example, there is a Yoga pose known as a Bow Pose which is a very effective means of adding flexibility to this important part of the human body! To perform the Bow Pose, lie down flat on your tummy, bend the knees so that the feet point upwards and then reach behind you. You will need to keep reaching until you are able to grasp your own ankles. Then, lift up, via the arms and the feet, until you feel a good stretch on the shoulders and your abs.
If you go the gym or are thinking about doing so in order to boost your back health and general health, you should get into the habit of doing lat pull-downs. A good gym will have a lat pull-down machine that you may use easily. Bodybuilders rely on these machines to build stronger back muscles which support athletic power as they also prevent back pain.
While a lat pull-down machine will build up muscles, rather than stretching them the way that certain Yoga poses, such as the Bow Pose, do, it will offer back-strengthening benefits which may lead to fewer incidences of back pain.
There are many great back exercises out there. If you have a lot of problems with your back, we think that you should talk to your doctor about which ones are best for you. If your back pain isn’t severe and you’re in good general health, you should be fine doing the Bow Pose and some lat pull-downs on a regular basis. You may also search for more stretches and muscle-building movements online.
Why Regular Exercise Is The Best Way To Prevent Flexibility Issues
Doctors know that regular exercise is one of the most important treatments for back pain which is triggered by tight and stiff muscles. Regular exercise prevents flexibility issues and this is a good thing. If you’re not getting enough exercise, you may be setting the stage for back pain.
Embracing the power and potential of exercise will help you to prevent the tightness and stiffness that provoke back pain. It’ll also burn calories, tone other muscles, improve your mood and help you to sleep more deeply. Exercise is a holistic, whole-body approach to treating back pain. It’s good for your mind, body, and spirit.
If you’ve been relying on medication, such as OTC or prescription-strength pain relievers, in order to combat occasional or chronic back pain, you should try a more natural approach instead. Take a restorative Yoga class or find another form of exercise, such as Pilates, which is all about stretching. Stretching builds flexibility and the right sorts of stretches will help to build a strong, healthier and more flexible back.