I think that there are number of obvious answers to this question which can be beat like a dead horse. How about something that most people don’t typically think about…..
S T R E S S
After reading McGill, my eyes were wide open. I mean, I knew that there were a greater number of people who suffer from Low Back Pain, but what I didnt realize was the greater number of incidences that occurred were psycho-somatic.
It makes total sense when you look at the natural response to stress. As an animal, when we are placed in a fight or flight situation our insert postural reaction is to protect our genitals. We do this at the hip by tilting forward, arcing or lower and rolling our shoulders forward, and tilting or neck upwards. This makes our lower back do a greater amount of work to keep our spine erect. The result is pain.
So what do we do? As far as exercise practitioners, it is necessary to reduce the amount of tension that the body feels systemically. SMR, corrective stretching and strengthning are keys but without reducing ones stressors makes having a successful program hard to accomplish.