Are Tight Hip Flexors Causing Your Low Back Pain? Exercises for low back pain

Over the past 20 years of dealing with my own back pain and nearly as long working with clients who have back pain, I’ve learned a thing or two that I’d like to share with you.  One of the causes of low back pain I’ve dealt with is tight hip flexors, namely the psoas.

The psoas muscle runs from the top of your femur, or thigh bone, up through the pelvis and attaches to the front surface of the vertebrae in your lower back.  So when it gets tight, it literally pulls on your lower back.

If this sounds like you, then you may have noticed thatstretching your hip flexors, sitting or lying down with your legs bent gives you temporary relief.  But if you’re looking for a longer lasting solution then it helps to know why this is happening in the first place.  In this video I’ll give you both.

In my next video on chronic low back pain, I’ll cover more self-fixes but I think it is important for me to mention that in addition to the self-care I practice, I also see a chiropractor regularly.  I feel that by practicing good self-care, my adjustments hold better, allowing my chiropractor to focus on fine tuning my body to an even higher level each time we meet.

If you think your low back pain is being caused by tight hip flexors, download the 5 day Fix Your Back Pain With Healthy Hips program right now and print it out.

Then, take 5 minutes a day for the next 5 days to discover if these 3 simple self-care exercises can help fix your back pain.

Does your back hurt when you bend over to pick things up? Then you should check out this lower back pain post.


  • Hi Jamie,

    Unfortunately, the 5-day program print-out is unavailable. I am a newbie to your site and really like your teachings and approach! Great videos and very effective exercises!

    Thank you so much for sharing!! :)

  • Jamie,
    I want to tell you how much I appreciate the information you send me, the exercises really do help.
    I am currently doing the tennis elbow exercises and just like you said it takes time and after about 6 weeks of using the therabars and the stick I am almost completely pain free and it makes me feel good that I was able to do this ( with your help ) by myself at home.

    Thanks for all of your help

  • Brian,

    Thank you very much for sharing that with me. It always feels good to know that I am able to help others by passing along what I myself have learned from generous people.


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