AWashingtonian saidSometimes when standing over a basin or stovetop slightly bent or reaching down, I experience a slight discomfort in my lower back- between the upper reaches of my glutes, atop the tailbone just below the small of my back.
Is there a way to strengthen this area?
You may want to try stretching your glutes. Also foam rollers can be unbelievably helpful if you do ir right.... A lot of lob back pain comes from not stretching glutes
I love it when you tell me what to do...
I stretch at least every time I work out. I do the martial arts stretch routine, shoulders, waist, the lunge hold stretch. Then I sit and do the butterfly leg stretch-thing followed by the touching my toes with legs extended. I conclude by spreading my legs to about 100 degrees and extending my torso over the left right and center. I can touch my forehead to the ground in the center, then I do splits: right left and center.
Can you suggest some more positions?
Also, I realize in high school I was lifting 100kgs with the back extension machine while not training my abs at very much. Since I started stregnthening my abs, I noticed a slight difference. For example, today I did standing crunches with the cable machine, and I felt my muscles around the problem areaa flex and work like I hadn't felt in a while. They felt like the muscles that supported the front compliment to the back pain area.
Will ab work also help (as Ca$$ mentioned)?
Stronger core stability is always a good thing. If this issue is muscular, I would recommend doing deadlifts with lower weight along with core stability exercises. I say this because motion is lotion.... doing those exercises will bring more synovial fluid to all the related joints as well as maintain even circulation of blood to your sore muscles.
And then stretch.
good flutes stretches: laying on back, bend knee while bringing it up to chest. place hand around back of thigh close to the crook of the back of your relaxed knee. Pull and hold. for some people that is ineffective so in that position, pull leg to the opposite side so knee cap is headed toward floor. keep hips and butt bond stable on matt.
You can also do that sitting in a chair which is my favorite..... But instead of bringing knee to floor, pull towards the direction of opposite nipple. ->
so sitting in chair cross legs like the ladies do, i.e. one leg over other.... then pull from the end go thigh/ back of relaxed knee towards the direction of your nipple on the opposites side
When squatting and deadlifting, make sure your shoes are flat and if not, take your shoes off. Keep your back straight, if you aren't sure if you are or not, it is a slight anterior rotation of the pelvis -> imagine what your hips doing when you trying pissing with a hard-on.
keep neck straight, don't look up. don't look at yourself in the mirror.... any other questions PM me. ;-)
PS: I'm not a doc but I do have a very strong background in Applied Anatomy and Physiology. ;-)