Back pain is a scourge of our modern lifestyle. Hours spent sedentary at the office, combined with sitting in the car or train for long periods and slumping on the sofa in front of the TV or phone after a hard day can lead to the onset of back problems.
Postural changes along with a lack of movement can reduce mobility of the spine and lead to atrophy of the muscles.
One key contributor is a shortening of the muscles in the hips and legs. In a seated position, your Psoas muscle at the front of your hip is in a shortened state.
Over time, this prolonged position can cause the muscles to adaptively shorten, meaning you lose flexibility and range of movement in your hips.
Because the muscle attaches to your spine - this shortening and tightening can cause an imbalance and result in a tilting of your pelvis which in turn changes the position of your spine, causing pressure on the discs and low back muscles.
Stretching the tightened muscles can help release them and improve flexibility to ease the pressure on your back.
Try these simple stretches at the end of the day, holding each for around a minute and making sure you repeat the stretch on both sides.