What kind of movement will help your back pain go away and stay away?

Well, here’s the deal.  We have several hundred muscles and most of us use only the same sixty or seventy all the time.  That gets us out of muscular balance.

So, mix things up!  Wake up the muscles that you haven’t been using.  Stretch the muscles in front.  Most of us have muscles in front that are way too tight and short.  That causes back pain.

Strengthen the back muscles.  Most of us have weak backs and we collapse forward.  Make those back muscles strong again.

If you take on a program of movement that is too far different from your usual activity, you will be sore tomorrow.

  • Start gradually.
  • Move thoughtfully.
  • Pay attention to what feels tight.
  • Look in the mirror to check your posture.

Even simple, subtle movement will help your back muscles feel better.


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4 Comments on Movement Helps Back Pain Go Away and Stay Away

  1. EVELYN says:

    Pain in my bum and lower back going down the leg think it’s real nuisance

  2. Hi Evelyn, I hear you. It’s a real pain in the butt! There are a few reasons why people get pain in this area running down their leg but here’s what I suspect in your case: the piriformis muscle. It’s a muscle in your gluteal muscles (the large meaty part of your butt.) When it gets tight it presses on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve hates that and so causes symptoms.

    If it’s recent, here’s the probably quickest fix: Use a tennis ball or similar ball or rolled up towel. Lay on it on the floor (if you can get on the floor.) Apply pressure to the most tender area that you can find in your gluteal muscles. Just lay there without moving for about 5 minutes. You will notice that it feels like less pressure. That means the piriformis muscle and other muscles around it are relaxing and that’s what you want.

    If pressure happens to make your symptoms worse, you may have a slightly more complicated piriformis muscle event. And sometimes, the sensation comes from the lower spine nerves (which also involves the muscles) but I’m thinking (and hoping) the simple tennis ball pressure will be your solution.

    I hope this helps you get rid of the “pain in your butt” that radiates down your leg.

    The Pain Relief Coach

  3. Cherri says:

    I have the same pain. It always hurts in my butt cheek going down the front and back of the right leg. I’ve been to chriopator a couple of times but gives no relief. When I lay in bed I get where I can’t even turn over. What can it be and how do I solve it?

  4. Hi Cherri, Here are my best long distance thoughts:

    There are large muscles in your buttocks. One of these runs from the top of the leg bone to the sacrum at the bottom of the spine. It’s called the piriformis. When it is tight or in contraction, it can press on or trap the large sciatic nerve that runs through the buttocks. This nerve doesn’t like to be pressed on so it causes symptoms like leg pain as you describe.

    http://www.simplebackpainrelie.....naturally/ That article will give you some information about using a tennis ball or similar ball to help the piriformis muscle relax.

    You can use a firm ball like this: Lay on the floor on your back, put the ball under your butt cheek (on the muscles, not the bones). Try to place it in the area that is most tender. Then, just lay there for about 5 minutes. In about 5 minutes, you will notice that you really don’t feel the ball as much. That means the muscle is relaxing. Then move the ball to the next tender area and again, lay there for 5 minutes. Do this for a third tender spot, too.

    If you were to place your hand on that butt cheek and press inward, around the middle of the cheek, you would probably notice this tenderness. Tender means tight. Any or all of the buttock muscles can get tight and they will all be grateful to relax.

    I’m glad you have figured out that you can solve muscle problems, Cherri! 🙂 Bodies are logical and want to be well. Sometimes they just need a little help.

    Thank you for writing and please write again if needed!

    Kathryn Merrow
    The Pain Relief Coach