Movement Pattern 3: Extension

Lean back…Today we are going to talk about Movement Pattern 3: Extension.   This is always a tricky movement.  First, there is A LOT going on here.  Second, people generally do not like to arch their backs like the picture shown.  We feel a little out of control, are afraid of pinching and grabbing-type pain, don’t feel stable/balanced, or just feel kind of stuck.  As always, let’s simplify the movement first. …

Movement Pattern 2: Flexion

 We are moving on to Movement Pattern 2: Flexion.  This pattern seems like you are testing an age old question…can you touch your toes?  It is a nice benchmark, but there is much more to it than that.  Look at everything that is moving to allow you to bend forward: Head/neck, shoulders, spine, hips, pelvis, knees and ankles.  All of that has to move, but also has to stabilize to keep you…

Low Back Pain – Muscle Strain Part II

Welcome back to the follow-up post on muscle strain & low back pain.  As stated in my last post, muscles are primarily response organs.  They react to the stresses placed upon them.  If you use them poorly with bad mechanics, if you overwork them, if they are weak and other surrounding muscles/joints/connective tissue has to compensate, your body WILL break down.  You hope you are not too severely injured and…

Low Back Pain – Muscle Strain?

This is the third consecutive post on Low Back Pain, and I will have a follow-up to this one in a couple of days.  Likely, more will be posted in the future too.  The reason for all of the attention is that back pain is by far one of the most common reasons people visit a medical professional. To name all of the underlying causes and possibilities of low back…

Low Back Pain – Disc Problem II

To follow up on my previous post on Low Back Pain, I feel the need to elaborate a little more on the role of the ‘disc’.  The disc is made up of an inner (more gel-like) material and an outer (more fibrous) material.  This is important in that the middle gel-like material is what can get pushed out, while the fibrous outer part tries to hold it in.  WHY is…