It’s one of our most common health niggles, but could problems with another part of your body actually be the reason your back hurts?
Symptoms: dull, aching pain, temsion, stiffness and difficulty moving.
What it could be… Weak bum muscles
“Back muscles are not built for strength” says Janet Wakley, authour of the Smart Guide to Back Care. “All they do is keep you upright. It’s the ‘core’ abdominal, thigh and buttock muscles which support your back. But if you spend a lot of time sitting and/or you don’t do much exercise, these muscles will become weak and slack”.
What to do
“With rest and painkillers, lower back pain usually starts to improve after three days”, says leading osteopath Garry Trainer. “But if pain gets worse after three days or doesn’t clar up within three weeks, you should alwasy seek professional advice”.
Exercise regularly, focusing on the cure glude muscles. Pilates is especially beneficial for keeping muscles supple and strong so that they support the spine properly. Try this excercise to strengthen core, legs and glutes:
1. Lie on your back with knees bent and about 6in apart. Rest arms at your sides with palms facing the floor.
2. Slowly, breathe in and then breathe out and, as you do so, gently relax your back into the floor, keeping its natural curve – but not ‘arching’.
3. Breathe out and gently tilt your pelvis forward, rolling your upper back off the floor one vertebra at a time. Breathe in and roll your back down on the floor. Repeat 10 times.
Garry also recommends FlexiHerb, by Schwabe Pharma, containing Devil’s Claw, which has anti-inflammatory and muscle-relaxant properties that can help to alleviate pain and discomfort.
For more information and special prices visit http://www.flexiherb.co.uk. Always read the label.