Is Lower Back Pain Gender Specific?

By
Olga Kabel
Utkatasana a pose that stabilize your hips and SI joints to help prevent lower back pain.

My grandmother suffered from lower back pain for many years. She described it as sharp, debilitating pain on one side of her lower spine. The only remedy she could find was a heating pad that she regularly applied to the painful area. She was a very active woman who moved a lot, gardened, carried heavy groceries on foot from the store, and did her own home remodeling. But whenever a bout of back pain hit, she would be immobilized for days. This was a common concern in her circle of friends, and nobody had a good remedy for it.

Young woman with hands clasped in Arms Overhead Pose or Urdhva Hastasana Pose.

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