Low back pain is a common disorder involving the muscles and bones of the back and pelvis.
Studies show that low back pain affects about 40% of people at some point in their lives (so if you experience low back pain you are definitely not alone). Most low back pain is believed to be due to mechanical problems, such as a muscle or a joint strain.
Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Low back pain usually stems from the overuse of other muscle groups, specifically the hamstring, hip flexors, and QL (quadratus lumborum). These overused muscles pull the pelvis and lumbar spine into a position where the muscles that stabilize your hip and pelvis can no longer fire properly.
Releasing your hamstrings, hip flexor, and QL will allow the pelvis to return to a neutral resting position and decrease force through the low back. The following exercises focus on releasing the muscles in problem areas that may cause low back pain.