Low back pain occurs from too much spinal movement and not enough hip movement

Low Back Strength & Stability

If you don’t use your low back… You Can’t Hurt It!

Yesterday was all about decreasing inflammation, pain, and compression.  All good things.  But today will be focused on strength and stability.

We can either use our strong and powerful hip joint to do heavy movements, or we can use our delicate and intricate spinal joints.  Hopefully, you pick up the hint and realize that the hip is the way to go.

Our hip joints are convenient ball and sockets surrounded by powerful and robust musculature, bio-mechanically designed for lifting and leveraging large objects.  On the contrary, our spine is made up of numerous small joints designed to provide elegant and adaptive movements.  Not only that, the spine protects the “main wiring” our “super computer” known as the spinal cord.  So, our hip is made for powerful movement during work.   And our spine is made for adaptive movements while protecting something very important.

Unfortunately, chronic sitting will decrease hip range of motion and power.  Not only that, it puts much stress on the low back muscles, joints and ligaments.  These two exercises restore the intended purpose of all these joints and provide strength and stability to a once vulnerable area.

Good Luck and #keepmoving,

Dr.J

 

Decreasing Low Back Inflammation, Pain, and Compression

Recent Study Shows…

Recent studies show if you have a spine and are alive, you will have low back pain at some point.  Seriously, it is almost inevitable that all of us will at some point feel low back pain.  Therefore, when the time comes, we want you to be prepared.

Ms. Meghan did a great job as our featured patient and this was her very first exercise to start reducing inflammation, pain and compression.  So just like her, we hope this helps you do the same, strengthens your protection and progression, and allows you to help someone in need by sharing the information.

Good Luck and #keepmoving

Dr.J

 

Being a Mom and Low Back Pain sometimes go together, but they don't need to

Continuing to Grind when it’s Easy to Stop

Featured Patient – Meghan Broeder

Some people present to the office with simple problems.  On the contrary, others come with major issues stemming from extensive and repetitive misfortunes, complicated by multiple encounters with the slowest train wreck known to man – otherwise referred to as pregnancy, delivery, and motherhood.  I will leave you to ponder within which group Mrs. Broeder belongs.

I’ll cut to the chase.  Meghan is a patient with too much range of motion (hypermobility), a long history of repetitive injury, and 3 children. Because of this, she found herself consulting a surgeon about lumbar spine surgery for spinal joints that were already showing bone on bone degeneration.  Ouch!!!

Meghan did not want to jump back into the hospital after having awesome human #3 – Malachi.  But, she was struggling with pain and limitation on a day to day, sometimes moment to moment basis.  As a mother of three this was more than a daunting task, it was horrible and even depressing.

Still having fight in her, she took the advice of another awesome human (Bobby Nash) and decided to give Health & Performance Center a try.  I mean, if you’re already a little messed up, a little witchcraft can’t hurt, right?

I’d love to say that everything went fantastic with Meghan.  Something to the order of… we identified the exact issue, initiated treatment, and she showed a steady and predictable recovery that far exceeded her wildest expectations!  The truth, regarding the path, is far different, but the ending is starting to take similar shape.

Her Problem – Hypermobility

Patients who suffer from hypermobility are at a severe disadvantage when it comes to recovery.  In contrast to hypomobile patients who have a strong layer of relative protection because they are very rigid, hypermobile patients can move in hundreds of different combinations that leave their joints, tendons, muscles, and ligaments vulnerable to severe misuse and over-use.  Meghan was faced with this uphill battle.

She had many chances to quit.  Many opportunities to say that things weren’t going to work.  The degeneration was too extensive.  The damage was too bad.  The cause was lost, and the effort was futile.  But, she didn’t.  She worked, believed, understood, applied, adapted, progressed, and though her current status is not perfect, she now has power over her pain.  Control over her progression is achieved.  She is the one at the steering wheel, not her pain and degeneration. Being the wife, mother, and person she wants to be is now a reality!

Well done Meghan!  Well done.

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