Nearly 65 million Americans suffer from back pain, with Roughly 8% of adults experiencing chronic back pain. The problem is not always the back muscles, as there are instances where the issue could be with the hips and pelvis. In this post, we will look at three common causes of back pain unrelated to the back muscle.
Cause #1: Movement of the hip joint
Underneath the gluteal muscles is another muscle called the piriformis. The piriformis connects the sacrum and the hip joint. During standing or walking, the piriformis stretches and contracts during movement. When this muscle becomes weakened, you get stiff and it becomes difficult to bend over or to get up from your chair. This causes you to overcompensate by using your back muscle. By loosening and increasing the flexibility of the piriformis muscle, the hip joint can move easily with less strain on the lower back.
Cause #2: Back tilt of the pelvis
The quadriceps muscles are used to maintain a standing posture and during walking. We usually engage these muscles unconsciously, but if these muscles weaken or do not work properly, then it can result in a variety of problems. The quadriceps muscles on the front of the thigh can weaken over time with a sedentary lifestyle. The hamstrings on the back of the thigh attempt to compensate for the decreased strength of the quads. The contraction of the hamstrings pulls the pelvis downward, which causes the backward tilt. Over a long time, this can result in medical conditions such as lordosis.
Cause #3: Forward tilt of the pelvis
Similar to cause #2, the forward tilt of the pelvis can cause similar issues. The most common issue is the long-term effect of weakened quadriceps can cause the forward tilt of the pelvis, commonly known as swayback. By massaging the back of the thighs and relieving tension in the hamstrings, the pulling forces on the pelvis can reduce, which in turn reduces the posterior tilt relieving the lower back of pain.
In conclusion, uneven strength and flexibility of one muscle can cause compensation with our back muscles. Over long periods, this can lead to chronic back pain. A massage can help loosen the muscles and encourage blood circulation, which is better for the health of the muscles. Fujimi massage chairs can help prevent lower back pain with consistent use in the comfort of your own home.