you are not your MRI

You are NOT your MRI – MRIs for Low Back Pain Can Cause More Harm Than Good

If you haven’t seen the videos of me (Mike) recently, I’ve been treating patients in China these past few months of early 2017. Sadly, the people here have an extremely low level of education and understanding of their health. Everyday in the clinic, we battle not just construed cultural enigmas (“my back hurts because of the cold wind”), but also improper education/advice  (“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 #1… […]

Prehab Low Back

Best Prehab Exercises for Your Lower Back

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 that may help reduce your risk of injuring your lower back!

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How deep should you squat

Posterior Pelvic Tilt and Squat Depth

Everyone has a slightly different bony anatomy. Whether it’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? From an injury prevention and biomechanical perspective, there is only one thing that should matter – posterior pelvic tilt.

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low back dissociation

The Three Best Exercises for Learning Low Back Dissociation

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 unpleasant experience in this region, the human brain is capable of rewiring it’s movement. Sometimes as a protective mechanism, the body will move in a more rigid pattern, thus less dissociation from joint to joint. In these scenarios, you have to go back to the basics to retrain the foundations for healthy movement. This article describes three exercises to help retrain low back dissociation.

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