With many people working and studying at home due to the pandemic, I have been seeing increased amounts of patients coming in with lower back pain. When asked what causes their back pain, the common answer that I receive is that the pain is aggravated when a person is either sitting or getting up from a seated position or when they are lifting their leg/ thigh. While it is inevitable that the person is experiencing discomfort at the lower back, the cause of the problem comes from a different area of the body.
The hip flexor muscles are the main cause of lower back pain when a person sits too long at their desk working or even if they had been driving for a long time. These muscles, consisting of the psoas and the iliacus muscles, are attached from the spine on both sides and connect to the upper thigh. Their primary function is to bring the trunk of the body and the legs together in flexion, commonly seen when a person is bowing or when the thigh is raised towards the abdomen (when a person runs or even when a person sits down on a chair).
Without having the added time of commuting to work, people are working longer hours in their homes where many are constantly sitting down in front of their computers. Because they are sitting longer, their hip flexors are more engaged and flexed for longer periods of time. When this occurs, the hip flexors become more contracted and stiff causing weakness of the muscles, the hips being misaligned, and leading to poor sitting position (slouching) to relieve any discomfort. The often misaligned, poor position results in lower back pain.
Fast Relief Acupuncture is a great treatment choice for relieving lower back pain due to tight hip flexor muscles. We can ‘pinpoint’ the exact location and cause of the pain and devise an effective treatment plan to alleviate your condition. Along with acupuncture, Fast Relief Acupuncture encourages patients to perform simple exercises/ stretches to maintain flexibility of the hip flexors. Our goal is to offer the most safe, effective, and efficient treatment option without the use of chemicals or opioids! Call today to get the relief you deserve!
My Name is John Kim
I have been a licensed acupuncturist since 2000. When I first started my acupuncture career, my primary goal as a practitioner was to help people anguishing from living with pain everyday of their lives. I have seen on numerous occasions what chronic pain can do to a person physically but also seen how it can debilitate a person’s psyche as well.
Throughout the years, I have studied, developed and incorporated a very unique treatment protocol that has successfully treated and effectively reduced pain levels on chronic pain patients. I have combined traditional methods of acupuncture along with modern, research proven techniques to help reduce chronic pain symptoms in a safe, non- chemically addictive, and effective process.
If you have any of the following:
• Headache/ Migraine
• Arthritis/ Stenosis
• Nerve pain
• Neck/Back pain
• Fibromyalgia pain
• Plantar Fasciitis
Do not hesitate and contact me!
I am here to help you to feel your very best!