Do Physical Activities Trigger Flare-ups During an Acute Low Back Pain Episode?

“Do Physical Activities Trigger Flare-ups During an Acute Low Back Pain Episode?: A Longitudinal Case-Crossover Feasibility Study”. Is a useful report as we continue to make the connection between, excessive sitting  and back pain.

The big question was this: whether physical activities trigger flare-ups of pain during the course of acute low back pain (LBP).

The conclusion:

Among participants with acute LBP, prolonged sitting (>6 hours) and stress or depression triggered LBP flare-ups. PT was a deterrent of flare-ups.

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But what if your back pain is extension based

Too many of us are obsessed with  flexion driven back disorders. Which  is fair because most cases of back pain  are flexion based.  However, not all of them are. Some are because you are over extended, and frankly, you need some  careful flexion in your life, and back.

Until I produce a good guide, here are some useful thoughts  from

https://tonygentilcore.com/2014/01/extension-based-back-pain-b/

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Piriformis Syndrome

There is a sneaky little muscle in your bum that often makes your back , or legs hurt.

It’s sneaky as, whether or not you have a booty or a skinny ass,  its a muscle that hides underneath the big ( or skinny?) obvious bits.

It creates a lot of mischief. So Voila, the piriformis is the muscle to blame. Its this muscle that I’ll often try and find and “trigger point” if I see you acting  or moving in one of many ways. If you are going to have back pain,  you might as well understand the anatomy

So this is where it lives.

piriformis location

When I’ve found it, here is where I’ll try and press

Piriformis points

I’ll often press or rub each point with my thumb about 10 times. Often I’ll try and teach you how to find these points with a Lacross or massage ball.

Obviously, there are other muscles in this area that I’ll identify and treat, but this is often the cause of a lot of back pain

Well, thats why Ive probably shoved my thumb in your bum!

If you have back pain, do get in contact and I’ll see what I can do to help.

I do a lot of work with the Backaholic programme at Crossfit London in E2 , and I help people cure there back pain. Strangely Im just a massage therapist, but as I teach people to olympic lift,  clamber over objects and do lots of cool  gymnastic stuff, Ive been forced to deal with the bad backs my clients bring to their sessions