Hip Pain – Is it my hip, back, pelvis, or thigh?

Hamstring Stretch When you think about pain in your “hip”, it seems people often call any pain that is off to the side in a general area “hip pain”.  Ultimately, the actual hip joint itself is not often the source of the pain.  Pain that is NOT directly on the side could be coming from your pelvis, butt, back, or leg.  We can address these concerns in another post.  Pain that IS directly on the…

Low Back Pain – Muscle Strain Part II

Welcome back to the follow-up post on muscle strain & low back pain.  As stated in my last post, muscles are primarily response organs.  They react to the stresses placed upon them.  If you use them poorly with bad mechanics, if you overwork them, if they are weak and other surrounding muscles/joints/connective tissue has to compensate, your body WILL break down.  You hope you are not too severely injured and…

Low Back Pain – Muscle Strain?

This is the third consecutive post on Low Back Pain, and I will have a follow-up to this one in a couple of days.  Likely, more will be posted in the future too.  The reason for all of the attention is that back pain is by far one of the most common reasons people visit a medical professional. To name all of the underlying causes and possibilities of low back…

Low Back Pain – Disc Problem II

To follow up on my previous post on Low Back Pain, I feel the need to elaborate a little more on the role of the ‘disc’.  The disc is made up of an inner (more gel-like) material and an outer (more fibrous) material.  This is important in that the middle gel-like material is what can get pushed out, while the fibrous outer part tries to hold it in.  WHY is…

Low Back Pain – Disc Problem?

Low back pain can be caused by many things, as I have discussed before.  The focus of this blog post though is on the dreaded disc bulge.  This information is also valuable for anyone in pain who is lacking motion into extension.  Extension is the position of standing up straight and leaning backwards.  The first thing that needs to be understood is the function of something called the lumbar lordosis.  The lordosis is simply…