Did you know back problems could stem from weak, tight thigh muscles? For most people, modern life includes staying seated for extended periods, both for work and pleasure. A result of spending so much time sitting is that many people have stiff and weakened thigh muscles that can cause back problems. Why does this occur? Muscle groups and parts of the body work in conjunction, and when one becomes weak or stiff, it creates imbalances that affect the others.
Starting with the front of the thigh, we have the quadriceps. The quadriceps allows us to maintain a standing posture, keeping the body upright against the forces of gravity. When seated, these muscles are not engaged. Over time these muscles can become weaker due to aging and lack of use. When the quadriceps become weakened, stiff, and lose their flexibility, this causes the pelvis to tilt forward. A forward tilt of the pelvis puts extra strain on the lower back muscles, resulting in back pain.
The quadriceps are not the only thigh muscles that may contribute to back pain. A group of muscles located on the back of the thigh called the hamstring can also cause lower back pain. When the hamstring becomes tight with a lack of use, the muscles pull down on the pelvis, causing more tension and a rounding of the back when doing movements such as bending over. This results in lower back pain as the muscles do extra work to stabilize and compensate for the weakened muscles.
Most people look to solve their back pain issues by taking pain relief medicine, applying topical rubs, and stretch where they perceive to be the source of pain. However, as we just read, sometimes the source of the pain may not be where expected. It is important to consider the whole body when it comes to health and when we neglect one aspect of our body, the consequences may affect us in unexpected ways.
If you suffer from back pain, consider doing strengthening exercises for your thighs. After you exercise, make sure to stay hydrated and massage yourself. A massage can help to reduce soreness, improve recovery time, and provide general relaxation. You can schedule for a massage therapist, do it yourself, or purchase a massage chair as a long-term investment into your health.