When people come to see me as they have started getting lower back pain, I often find the pain is radiating from their backside, the Gluteus Maximus to be precise.
The Gluteus Maximus begins surprisingly high up, which is why it is often mistakenly lumped into the lower back area. If you put your hands on your hips (with your thumbs pointing towards your spine) then the area below your thumbs is where the Gluteus Maximus begins.
The Gluteus Maximus is a really big muscle, used for activities such as climbing stairs and jumping, and it can take a lot (initially you may feel a general heaviness) before it finally sends a trigger (pain) to you to let you know that it is over tight.
How can Jīròu help?
Jīròu can help you if you have lower back pain by identifying and treating the cause of the pain. This will often include locating and treating specific areas of tightness in the Glutes which are resulting in the feeling of lower back ache. Rehabilitation exercises will also be key to recovery and to prevent reoccurance.
How can you help prevent getting tight Glutes?
Remembering to stretch your Glutes after exercise is really important: Lie on your back with legs extended. Bend one knee and pull it into your chest. Depending upon your flexibility and the tightness of your Glutes, you may be able to feel a stretch, if not pull the knee slightly across your chest. Hold the stretch for 10 seconds. Repeat 3 times with each leg. Jīròu can show you how this stretch can be progressed further.