I have collected a series of gentle exercises for sufferers from lower back pain. They're also good for people whose backs are healthy but who want to avoid back pain in the future. You can read about these exercises ortry out these lower back pain exercises yourself.
Three-quarters of Americans will suffer from low back pain in their lifetime (American Association of Neurological Surgeons.) In the UK, the charity Back Care say nearly half of the adult UK population suffered low back pain for more than a day in the last year.
We spend a lot of time sitting down: driving, the office, the factory, TV, the home PC, cafés and pubs. We use chairs a lot of the time, and hardly use our legs compared to previous generations.
When we’re on our feet and moving, muscle tone in our lower backs is changing step by step as we move weight from one leg to the other. Muscles and joints can alternately engage and let go. The muscles can rest regularly.
When seated or standing still, it’s a very different matter. Muscles are locked in use all the time, and never have a chance to take a breather.
There are many more technical descriptions of who has lower back pain and why. You could read Back Care’s UK report (2005) or The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (2006) if you want further information. Medline Plus: Back Pain is a popular medically-oriented source of information and links.