In the United States, lower back pain leads all disorders for years lost in disability. Doctors at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University say that more 50% of people who participated in a study where they received massages experienced clinically meaningful improvement in their back pain.
We have all experienced back pain at some point. It can start as a mild nuisance or a nagging, dull ache which develops into a sharp debilitating pain that won’t go away. Back pain continues to be a major health and economic problem for Americans, especially in our 30s and 40s. Continue reading “Massage Therapy for Back Pain”
According to Grey Cook of Functional Movement Solutions at the 2007 National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Mid Atlantic Regional Clinic, “research has shown that people with the least amount of back pain have the weakest low back muscles and people with the most back pain have the strongest low back muscles.” With most muscle groups, we gain strength by flexion and extension through weight bearing movements (e.g. the biceps with dumbbell curls). The low back muscles cannot be trained this way due to the incredible amount of stress this puts on the lumbar vertebrate (lower spine). In our postural movements we perform ranges of motion while keeping the shoulder blades squeezed back and performing the movement with an over-exaggerated posture. This teaches and trains the low back to transfer the energy and stress to other parts of the body such as the glutes, hamstrings, and upper back muscles. Proper posture and/or body alignment takes energy away from the movement, as the body was designed to have most stress placed in the muscles and away from the joints (Cook, 2003). This relieves the lumbar vertebrate from stress and therefore promotes less of a risk for back pain. Continue reading “The Power of Posture”