By Dr Kristin Webb (Chiropractor)
Hip mobility is a crucial factor in reducing or easing low back pain. The hips and lower back are interconnected, and when the hips are tight or immobile, it can lead to excessive stress on the lower back.This stress can result in discomfort and pain, leading to long-term issues if left untreated. However, by improving hip mobility, individuals may alleviate low back pain and prevent future issues.
One reason why hip mobility helps with low back pain is that it allows the hips to move more freely, which takes some of the pressure off the lower back. When the hips are immobile, the lower back has to compensate for the lack of movement, leading to excessive strain and discomfort. Aka – If you can’t move through your hips then your low back has to pick up the slack!
Poor hip mobility contributes to poor posture, which can result in low back pain. When the hips are tight, individuals tend to lean forward, which rounds the lower back and puts more stress on the muscles in the area.
Hip mobility can help alleviate pain caused by conditions like sciatica. Sciatica is a condition in which the sciatic nerve becomes compressed, leading to pain and discomfort in the lower back and legs. Tight hip muscles can contribute to this compression, but by improving hip mobility, individuals may alleviate this compression and reduce pain.
There are several exercises and stretches that individuals can perform to improve hip mobility and reduce low back pain. These include exercises such as hip flexor stretches, clamshells, and bridges. Incorporating these exercises into a regular fitness routine can help improve hip mobility and alleviate low back pain. Check out our Instagram for some demos of our favourites!
You can also talk to one of our Chiropractors at Absolute Health Solutions about which exercises may be most beneficial to you. Call them on 9948 2826 and ask away.
Improving hip mobility is a crucial step in reducing or easing low back pain. By restoring balance between the hips and lower back individuals can alleviate pain and prevent future issues. It is important to incorporate hip mobility exercises into a regular fitness routine to maintain a healthy, active and pain-free body!