This article is part of the mini-series 7 Joints in 7 Days: A video mini-course to help you knock out joint stiffness in less than 10 minutes a day.
Do you deal with a stiff or aching lower back? Stretching may help, but stretches designed for muscles instead of the underlying joint might not hit the right spots.
Low back stiffness is common in people who perform heavy strength training workouts or manual labor, especially jobs that require carrying equipment or bending forward repeatedly, and in military and first responders who wear body equipment. But doing very little physical activity can also cause problems – computer work and driving that involve hours of sitting can lead to discomfort.
Stiffness is familiar to people who have been diagnosed with arthritis, and those who have suffered a traumatic injury or serious illness in the past. Many people experience a gradual onset of stiffness in the months or years following a fall accident, a long struggle with illness, or an extended hospital stay when they weren’t moving all that much.
If you’ve tried other flexibility exercises without luck, giving some attention to the joints in your lower back may do the trick. Joint mobility exercises lubricate and increase blood flow, and can help you alleviate stiffness in under 10 minutes a day.
Check out the video below from our 7 Joints in 7 Days video mini-course. Try the Low Back Series exercises daily for at least ten days and see if you notice less back stiffness.
If the exercises cause pain, or if your stiffness seemed related in time with other symptoms such as fever or illness, seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.
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