February 9, 2016

It is great if you’ve had back surgery that resolves your back pain and you can do what ever you want comfortably.  But, often after one or even multiple back surgeries, back muscle fatigue is chronic, and the ability to move however you want is compromised.

One of the frequent issues I see in clients after  back surgery is a subtle, but important to correct. loss of muscle length in the hip flexors.  This puts a person in a slight (or sometimes more pronounced) tip forward at the hips.  This then makes the low back muscles work constantly when upright instead of sharing the effort or being up more evenly through core muscles and structures.

When you are standing up you need to relearn how to get all the way up onto the top part of the ball of the hip socket.  You will need to re-learn how to fire the gluteal muscles and use their action to inhibit the tension in the hip flexors.  Often a person needs some hands on help to learn this, and or get help stretching out chronically tight hip flexors.

Then, you can make use of this good positioning in normal actions like walking.  It really takes a load off your low back muscles and makes them part of a team of support.

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