Relief for sore backsides

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

Published: September, 2020

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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