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    Question Can't stretch lower back?

    I can't stretch my lower back.. it gives me no resistance what so ever. All of the stretches such as the child's pose leave me feeling nothing. I'm assuming it is because my lower back is not tight but I am trying to correct some back pain due to anterior pelvic tilt. The only stretch that I can do and feel my lower back stretching is a standing toe touch stretch with my chin tucked but my hamstrings are so tight I want to leave them out until I fix my pelvis. Anyone have any experience with this or any suggestions?
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    What you're describing with your lower back and hamstrings are the opposite of what I'd expect with someone with APT. Get a proper assessment before doing random corrective exercises.
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    Originally Posted by TolerantLactose View Post
    What you're describing with your lower back and hamstrings are the opposite of what I'd expect with someone with APT. Get a proper assessment before doing random corrective exercises.
    You may be right. I've had an MRI of my lower lumbar and the disk after my L5 looks like a V shape so I'm assuming this is where my pain is coming from. The two doctors I've been to were chiropractors in my network and they couldn't diagnose me on the table or with the MRI. Since the shape of the disk is consistent with anterior pelvic tilt I figured I'd give it a go in testing it.

    One thing that did relieve the pain was when the doctors stretched my left hamstring but then the pain came back with a vengeance an hour or so later.

    I want to be careful with my exercises because I've read that performing the wrong ones can make the problem worse.

    I'm just curious.. shouldn't everyone be able to stretch their lower back to some degree? Tilt problems or not.
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    Stretching probably isn't the answer. Conditioning and improvement of the relevant muscles by appropriate use of resistance training is much more likely to be.

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