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Relief for sore backsides

September 01, 2020

You can ease the pain of sitting too much by getting up and moving around. Try these stretches and exercises.

An excess of inactivity isn't just bad for overall health; it can literally be a pain in the butt. You could end up with a sore backside if you sit at a desk all day long, if you're confined to a wheelchair, if you sit on hard surfaces for long periods, or if you're simply not as active as you once were. Whatever the reason for rear-end pain, it's time to stand up and get a little relief.

What's causing your pain?

When you sit in a chair, you're resting on your ischial tuberosities, or "sit bones" — the bony prominences at the bottom of your pelvis. You're also placing lots of pressure on your lower back, nerves, muscles, tendons, and ischial bursae (fluid-filled sacs near the ischial bones). Sitting can aggravate (or in some cases cause) these common sources of buttocks pain.

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