Lower Back Problems? Stretch Your Psoas Muscle

One of the best ways to keep your lumbar spine strong and supported and avoid lower back problems is to stretch and loosen your psoas major muscle.  The psoas major connects your legs to your torso and originates from the transverse processes of the lumbar vertebrae and inserts at the lesser trochanter of the femur.  In other words, the psoas major extends from the top of your low back, travels through your pelvis and attaches at the top of your thighbone.  It is located deep within your abdominal (read more...)

Prolonged Back Pain? Your Feet May Be The Cause

With the majority of adults experiencing spinal discomfort at some point, it probably comes as no surprise that many of us are investing in things to bring back pain relief. Custom pillows, elaborate mattresses - just about anything is fair game when back pain has you down. But have you ever considered you might be standing on the cause of your back pain? It's true - improper foot postures can create a domino effect that ends in back problems. Walking the wrong way can, over time, lead to conditions (read more...)

Lower Crossed Syndrome: The Office Worker’s Worst Enemy

If you’ve ever suspected that sitting at your desk all day was contributing to back pain, you’re definitely on to something. The condition is called “Lower Crossed Syndrome” or “Crossed Pelvic Syndrome.” Simply put, it’s a pelvic tilting that often occurs in office workers. The condition, resulting largely from a combination of tight muscles and weak core strength, can cause low back pain and in some cases, even spine and pelvic degeneration. The good news is that this is a fairly (read more...)

Low Back Pain: Could Your Kidney Be The Cause?

Your low back pain has returned – a sharp pinch that sticks around for hours. Worse yet, you’re visiting the bathroom more often and it’s painful.  What’s going on? Many might link these symptoms to aging or a back problem. In reality, they usually point to a serious kidney condition that needs treatment. Kidney stones and even kidney infections often mimic the symptoms of benign low back pain. Though they share the same symptom profile, each condition has vastly different implications. (read more...)