Back Facts: Sometimes the Back is the Victim, Not the Problem


In this series, Matt PenmaHead Osteopath at Central Osteopaths presents ideas and dispels myths about the human spine.

If only things were simple.

Sometimes stiffness in the hips can refer pain to the lower back. Sometimes stiffness of the hips can lead to overloading of the lower back. Sometimes upper-back stiffness predisposes both lower back pain and shoulder pain.

The important lesson is that just because something hurts, it doesn’t mean there is something wrong with it.

More often than not, back pain is not a sign of anything serious. But it is still annoying.

Most full body movements, like a squat, whether in the gym with weight on your back or under a desk at work, require a coordinated movement of many many joints, and the controlled stretching and contraction of many many muscles.

If there is a poor mobility in one area – the hip for example – surrounding areas often suffer from being overloaded.

Often, just generally improving strength and mobility by moving more (see previous posts below) means we can resolve these issues, but sometimes a more targeted intervention by an Osteopath might be necessary.

For those of you interested in moving and living better, Central Osteopaths is offering 10% of all appointments when you quote FB10 and book on 0800 6444 20

Read: Back Facts: The Back was Made to Move here

Read: Back Facts: Use It to Improve It here

Matt Penman

Blog compiled by by Matt Penman M.Ost, Head Osteopath at Central Osteopaths



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