The lower back is a frequently occurring condition in modern society and far too many people suffer in silence thinking that this development is a natural part of the aging process.
- Symptoms: Lower back issues often involve generalized pain and a feeling of tightness in both of the muscles, especially when standing for prolonged periods of time.
- Causes: Poor body posture when sitting, standing and moving is the primary cause of lower back pain followed by over-pronation of the feet.
- Treatment: The use of orthotics to improve body posture and correct over-pronation, combined with regular exercise and physiotherapy, is the primary method of treatment for lower back pain.
Dull, aching pain in the lower lumbar-sacral region of the back accompanied by a feeling of tightness and/or weakness or fatigue is the most commonly reported symptom for this condition. Symptoms tend to worsen after prolonged periods of either sitting or standing.
What Causes Lower Back Pain?
Lower back pain may develop for several reasons but the most common underlying cause is poor body posture, which has become quite prevalent in society, particularly since we spend so much time sitting, working on computers, and watching television. Poor posture does not correct itself and it can be difficult to reverse as the majority of people are not aware of having poor alignment.
Another overlooked source of the lower back is over-pronation of the feet; most people simply do not consider the dramatic effect that sub-par foot functioning can have on total-body health. If the feet are over-pronating, however, this will cause imbalances throughout the body that often lead to poor posture. Over-pronation causes the legs to rotate inwards and the pelvis to develop a forward tilt, which negatively impacts the hips and deepens the natural curve of the spine to an unnatural degree.
This causes undue and continuous pressure to build up in the lower back muscles, which eventually presents as chronic pain in the lower lumbar-sacral region of the back. Everyone who suffers from lower back pain would be wise to have their foot function examined for issues such as over-pronation.
An American research study reported that the majority of people suffering from chronic lower back pain were suffering from impaired foot function and that 68% of subjects reported a significant reduction in pain levels after they began using orthotics on a regular basis.
Dr Foot orthotics were designed to correct over-pronation of the feet and restore proper foot function, therefore reducing rotation of legs and preventing an excess pelvic tilt that is often responsible for lower back pain. Correcting over-pronation of the feet is necessary in order to re-align body posture and release the excessive pain and tightness found in the lower back muscles and relieving symptoms of pain and muscle fatigue.
Dr Foot orthotics were designed and created by a top podiatrist in the US, who also recommends supplementing this type of care with daily stretching and strengthening exercises to reduce tension and restore mobility to the muscles.