There has been a slight hiatus in ‘the fat burn revolution’. Following Fridays (enthusiastic downhill) run I managed to ‘put my back out’ and on Saturday morning woke up with the most immobilising, painful lumbar spasm I have ever had.
to cut a long story short, I visited a chiropractor, have been doing exercises and icing all weekend and am going back for review this morning. I did improve rapidly over 24 hrs, and this morning woke up with my ‘normal’ level of back pain and stiffness.
i had a similar thing last year, not as severe initially but it took weeks to improve. At that time I did a bit of reading and thought that I probably had a short iliopsoas muscle as I sit at a desk/dining table/steering wheel most of the time. Since starting the exercise programme for the fat burn revolution I also found that I have no strength in my gluteal muscles at all,being unable to do the single leg bridges, which gave me immediate cramp in my hamstrings. This might explain why I get low back pain from running.
It all fits together, and I think that I have an ‘anterior pelvic tilt’ which I can improve by stretching hip flexors, strengthening glutes and strengthening abdominal core. When you search for it there’s quite a bit written about it, but I’ve never seen anything about it in runners magazines. I suspect that’s because it’s something that affects people with life long sedentary -ism and most runners don’t fall into that category..
As well as preventing my low back pain, strengthening my glutes may also improve my ‘push off’ and running speed and efficiency,, but most importantly I like to think that it’s going to help me avoid chronic back pain in my old age!
this journey to health and fitness is more complicated than I thought it would be!