Movement Pattern 1: The Neck

Today, we are going to cover Movement Pattern 1: The Neck…it all starts here.  Think about watching an infant move.  The very first thing they learn(after eye movement) is head and neck control.  The reason is simple – Our bodies follow where our heads go.  That is why wrestlers grab around the head/neck, basketball players use head fakes and driver’s education instructors tell students to not turn the wheel when they…

Knee Alignment – How do you move?

Knee Anatomy Think about how often you bend your knee throughout the day…up/down stairs, curbs, squat to pick something up, bend down to tie or shoe, sit down & get up from a chair or a dozen other reasons that requires bending your knee.  Beyond just bending your knee, you have to control the weight of your body during this raising and lowering.  Now, think of how often you may…

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?

Low back pain can be caused by many things, as I have discussed before.  The focus of this blog post though is on the dreaded disc bulge.  This information is also valuable for anyone in pain who is lacking motion into extension.  Extension is the position of standing up straight and leaning backwards.  The first thing that needs to be understood is the function of something called the lumbar lordosis.  The lordosis is simply…