Back discomfort is very common in our sedentary culture. We sit A LOT! Driving, office jobs, and sitting on the couch are a few examples.
Today, the average office worker sits for about 10 hours, first all those hours in front of the computer, plowing through e-mails, making calls or writing proposals — and eating lunch. And then all those hours of sitting in front of the TV or surfing the Web at home. ~ The Washington Post
These extended sitting positions - in seats and chairs that don't always fit us well - can tighten the muscles of our legs and cause imbalances in our spinal muscles that weaken our posture.
Tight hamstring muscles (back of your thighs) can pull on your lower back, causing poor spinal alignment and pressure that can lead to injury and discomfort.
Tight hip flexor muscles (front of your thighs) can also lead to pulling on the lower vertebrae and thus back issues.
Yoga is often recommended for back pain and stress, but often times the postures are done incorrectly, adding to your discomfort. Here are two yoga postures that are great for your back pain IF done correctly!
#1 Down Dog
This posture will help stretch and lengthen your hamstrings.
#2 Half Wheel
This posture will help stretch and open your hip flexors.