Lower Back Pain

Gluteus Medius Exercises to help IT Band Pain

August 11, 2012

The gluteus medius muscle is located in the upper part of the glutes, just below the hip bone (iliac crest).  The gluteus medius muscle is very important in stabilizing our hips during exercise or sport.  It is weak in most people and this weakness can be a major source of problems in the lower back, […]

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Hamstring Stretch

May 3, 2012

The hamstrings are very involved in lower back pain as they help to control the curvature of the lower spine and the tilt of the pelvis.  Stretching the hamstring can help to relieve lower back pain.  I have included two videos here that show different approaches to stretching the hamstring:   Guidelines for performing the […]

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Seated Gluteus Maximus Stretch

May 2, 2012

This video shows how to stretch the gluteus maximus muscle.  The gluteus maximus muscle is very involved in hip pain and low back pain.  This stretch can help to resolve tightness or pain in those areas.  The beauty of this approach to stretching is that it can easily be done at the office and help […]

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Hip Flexor Stretch

May 2, 2012

Here is a video that shows the basics of how to stretch out your hip flexor muscles (psoas major and iliacus).  These muscles are very involved with groin pain, low back pain, and hip pain. Guidelines for performing the stretches: Check with a health care professional before you attempt these exercises to ensure that it […]

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Piriformis Wall Stretch

November 5, 2011

This is a wonderful yoga stretch for the piriformis muscle and all the hip muscles. It is a unique approach because it is almost completely passive. You don’t have to do anything but lie there and wait for as long as you would like (spending 10 minutes in this position can be a freeing experience). […]

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Dead Butt Syndrome

December 22, 2010

Dead Butt Syndrome is a name I haven’t heard of before reading this article.  It is a memorable name and will give some attention to an all too common condition that bodyworkers have been treating for quite some time.  Dead Butt Syndrome refers to weakness in the gluteus medius muscle in runners and specialized athletes.  […]

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