Low Back

Mike had the unique opportunity to spend 4 months treating in China. Sadly, the people there have an extremely low level of education and understanding of their health. Every day in the clinic, we battled not just construed cultural enigmas ("my back hurts because of the cold wind"), but also improper education/adviceย  ("my doctor told me if I do anything more vigorous than walking my nerve will impinge and I will be paralyzed"). One of the biggest reasons why Craig, Arash, and I started The Prehab Guys' in the first place was to inject some truth and science into the fitness and health industries. Proper education on your movement system, from why you experience pain to self-management strategies, GO A LONG WAY in making this world a much better and happier place. Education is power. Without further ado, fact #1โ€ฆ

Low back pain is the leading cause of activity limitation and work absence throughout much of the world and is associated with an enormous economic burden. This called for Preventative measures! Here are 10 exercises from the leading Rehab and Fitness professionals thatย mayย helpย reduce your risk of injuring yourย lower back!

This articleย will use a global approach, via Developmental Kinesiology, to train muscles through purposeful movements. Some of you may know this as โ€œDynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization,โ€ (DNS). DNS is originated by Pavel Kolar, who was known as one of the best student of the legend Vlademir Janda.The basis of DNS is on developmental kinesiology; that in early childhood your movement pattern is automatic, predictable, and genetically formed as the nervous system matures.

Everyone has a slightly different bony anatomy. Whether itโ€™s a longer femur, bent shin (tibial torsion), or a rotated hip socket (acetabular retroversion), your anatomy, in addition to your functional goals, should ultimately drive squat depth. So how deep or low should you squat?ย From an injury prevention and biomechanical perspective, there is only one thing that should matter โ€“ posterior pelvic tilt.

Low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal diagnoses in the world. The low back is typically considered the lumbar spine region, but it is also important to remember the pelvis and the hips influence motion at the low back. After an injury or experiencing pain in this region, motion in this area can get, 'out of whack'. This can lead to changes in body awareness and as a protective mechanism, the body may move in a more rigid pattern, thus less dissociation from joint to joint. This can lead to someone having difficulty with performing and controlling pelvic tilting. In these scenarios, you have to go back to the basics to retrain the foundations for healthy movement and improving body awareness. This article describes three exercises to help retrain low back movement and pelvic tilting.

Dead bug exercise variations are one of my absolute FAVORITE exercises and if done properly with advanced progressions, they can be a core killer!! Learning to activate your deep spinal stabilizers like the transversus abdominis in these positions is imperative before progressing to more dynamic exercises. As with all "core stabilization" exercises, you MUST PROGRESS THEM to more functional and upright movements once you learn what it feels like to truly stabilize your spine!

The team at Accelerate Sports Performance and Training Slate will be discussing the importance of specific muscle activation prior to strength training. More activation = better recruitment = GAINS.ย Activation techniques can be used in combination with strength exercises in a unilateral or bilateral fashion. In the following posts, they hope to spark some mental juices on how to approach activation exercises for your various lifts, while taking into account some very commonly seen issues in strength training as it relates to arthrokinematic and osteokinematic movement, or natural movement in general.

Before we dive into advanced plank progressions, we must first set straight what the core is and why core stability is so vital for our movement systemโ€™s health and longevity. The core, from a muscular standpoint, is so much more than just a 6-pack of washboard arms. It essentially includes any and every that moves the trunk and aids in maintaining a neutral spine position.

This includes the popular โ€œcore musclesโ€ such as the rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, and multifidus, but also other muscles such as the latissimus dorsi, quadratus lumborum, and pectoralis muscles.