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Lower back pain can be caused by many different things, but if you’re looking for general lower back pain relief, here are 7 of my favorite treatments that should help.

The first stretch is called the pelvic tilt. This does a great job of loosening up the low back muscles, and making all the muscles around your abdomen work together.

Next you will do a bridge. Push your bottom up off the ground, but try to do this slowly, and do one segment of your back at a time curling upward. Then slowly go down the same way, one segment at a time.

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Still seated in the chair, you will do a piriformis stretch. Take the leg of the side you want to stretch, and cross it over the other leg just above the knee. This will look like a figure 4 if you are looking down at your legs. You might feel the stretch already, but if you don’t, keeping your back straight, bend forward at your hips.

Then you will do a trunk rotation in your seat. This will help stretch your lower back as well as your mid back.

Standing up, you will do a hamstring stretch. Since the hamstrings are attached to the ischial tuberosity, they can cause low back pain when they are tight.

Finally is a combination stretch for your IT band and your quadratus lumborum (QL). The QL can cause a lot of low back pain, and it is often forgot about when stretching.

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