Back pain & workouts: how to exercise for a healthier spine

In last week's blog post, I spoke about the four leading causes of back pain. Many times stress through your body can be difficult to control. Maybe you have to sit for work or lift your kids all day. Maybe you're having trouble controlling your emotional stress. Maybe you were in a car accident, and your back is injured. 


Today, I want to dive a little deeper into one of those causes of back pain, which CAN be controlled - mechanical stress on the spine with exercise. 


Exercise should always build you up, not slowly wear down your joints. We should create strong, resilient bodies to tolerate the less controllable events in our lives. 


There's a lot of information in the fitness and physical therapy world about what type of exercise will achieve this. And of course, I have my own opinions that I will share in this article. 


I want to say that I've tried and loved just about every type of exercise. I'm not attaching value or meaning...

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The four main causes of back pain

Back pain is complex because your spine is loaded with neuro-sensitive tissues like ligaments, nerves, and muscles that have the primary goal of protecting your spinal cord. But back pain isn’t always due to structural, mechanical damage. 


Studies have shown MRI images of people with back pain who have no structural damage, and yet their pain is real. Although back pain often results from structural damage like degeneration or disc herniations, that isn't always the cause of pain. 


There are many components that signal pain, and one blog post won't scratch the surface of this topic's complexity. But to simplify it, tissue dysfunction and pain can be boiled down to too much stress without enough recovery. 


In order for your body to function well, recover from exercise, build muscle, and be metabolically and emotionally healthy, you have to have a balance between your recovery response, and your stress response. These two systems are called...

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