Back pain can significantly disrupt our quality of life and is very common. Up to eighty per cent of Australians will experience back pain at some point in their lives and 10% will experience significant disability as a result.
Causes of Back Pain
Lower Back - pain in the lower back is most commonly due to excessive tension in the lower legs, hamstrings and hips.
Mid Back - pain can be due to:
• overuse, muscle strain, or injury to the muscles, ligaments, and discs that support your spine;
• kyphosis which is excessive forward curvature of the thoracic spine in the upper back; or
• poor alignment.
Top Back - pain in the top region of the back is often due to lots of sitting and rolling your shoulders forward say at the computer or in the car.
Reducing or Preventing Back Pain
Back pain can be reduced or prevented by increasing the range of motion in the spine as well as the lower legs. Join us this week for a series of classes to learn how to stretch, strengthen, and re-position your body to unlock your back.
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