If you're reading this, then you probably believe all of the following things to be true:
In other words, you like to make decisions based on the best available evidence.
Yet, even with a scientific mindset, it can still be difficult to know what to do when you’re suffering from an episode of debilitating low back pain.
Two issues that often accompany a low back injury are tight hip flexors (specifically, the psoas) and weak glutes (your butt muscles).
Both of these issues need to be addressed, but not in the order that they often are.
Just because a muscle is tight doesn't mean it should be stretched immediately. The tightness is more likely to be a symptom of your back pain rather than its cause. If you want to become pain-free it makes more sense to try to determine what the cause of your back pain is and eliminate it instead of just treating the symptoms...
When my grandparents were still alive, I used to visit them during my summer holidays at their home in the south of Spain. The lasting image I have of my grandmother is with a gin & tonic in one hand, cigarette in the other, sitting in her favourite chair in the lounge of their villa. It's a position I saw her in so often that I struggle to recollect any other memory of her.
It's fair to say that she wasn't a fan of physical exercise. The furthest I think I ever saw her walk was from her chair to the passenger door of the car in the driveway.
Some genetic differences are obvious and provide clear physical advantages in different sports.
Others differences are less obvious. These make it unclear why different people have different physical capabilities.
It's some of these less obvious genetic differences that cause you to habitually move in ways that can contribute to your low back pain, both when you're in the gym and when you're going about your everyday activities.
So, can you blame your back pain on your parents or is there anything you can do about it?