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Browsing All posts tagged under »lower back pain«

Your muscles can’t always be balanced

June 8, 2018

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Thomas Myers wrote up a post on symmetry I wanted to expound on a bit. The more you learn about alleviating joint pain, the more you realize the name of the game typically revolves around symmetry / balance. Balance of muscle length and strength, to be specific.  Meaning it’s more likely a joint will feel […]

3 common weak muscles

June 1, 2018

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This is a continuation on some of the more common muscular length imbalances I see and how you can identify them yourself. Here’s what some common tight muscles are. On to the long ones:   1) Upper trapezius I’m not exactly sure why but the upper trapezius gets a bad rap. At least in the […]

Shoulders, hips, knees and lower back testimonials from the past month

April 23, 2018

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About once a month I update my testimonials page. There is a lot of debate in the fitness world, but it’s hard to argue with results. The more results, the better! There is no better way for people to assess whether someone knows what they’re talking about then to hear it from others. Here are some from the […]

Morning low back pain- cause and solution

February 16, 2018

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Sleep elongates the spine. On the left is a spine before bed rest; on the right is the same spine after bed rest: Notice the discs bulging more on the right, as well as how the spine is longer. This is why we’re taller in the morning. That elongation also means a lessening of our […]

What daily factors increase the risk of lower back pain in young athletes?

December 8, 2017

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Our reference, –Evaluation of factors associated with severe and frequent back pain in high school athletes We looked at a bunch of potential factors. Which ones correlated to having highly intense and frequent back pain in athletes 14-20 years old? When we say a bunch of potential factors, we mean a bunch. Association (χ2) and […]

Changing upper back posture and correcting a pot belly appearance (notes on rib flare)

May 29, 2017

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This is our periodic reminder posture, movement, these things can change, and it doesn’t usually take long. Here is Jason, before and after a couple months. Improving his low shoulder: -> Why improving a drooping shoulder is important. Before then after: Next, his spine: Going from ok to better: His upper back is straighter, as is his […]

Why you can have lower back pain into extension and flexion

January 9, 2017

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When someone with a lower back issue leans over / bends down, they’ll usually have pain in one of two ways. On the way down, or on the way up. Pain on the way down is often a sign of pain into flexion. The lower back rounds => person has pain => “flexion intolerant.” There […]

Poor posture influencing poor deadlift technique? (deadlifting is not only a forward and back exercise)

December 2, 2016

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A now remote client emailed me initially about some lower back problems they were having. Despite doing everything they possibly could think of, reading many articles on T-Nation, enlisting the help of a person or two very well known in the fitness world, they were still having issues deadlifting. “I realized that I was fairly quad […]