Have you woken up one morning and all of a sudden felt an intense pain that starts in your back and travels down one or both of your legs? As many of us have been culprits to low back pain, a specific cause of this pain is a disc herniation, which is when one of the discs that sit in-between the bones (vertebrae) in your spine is 'pushed' out of its normal position, and can potentially irritate a nearby nerve root, which leads to a burning, intense pain that can travel down one or both legs. Although this pain is very real and can be quite intense, the good news is that it IS treatable, often without the need for medications, injections, or other passive interventions. We are also here to educate you that terms including 'degenerative disc disease', 'stenosis', or 'arthritis' do not always translate to pain or disability! Active problems require active solutions, and we are here to show you excellent exercises for disc herniations to ultimately manage your OWN back pain!

It's a pretty common story we hear in physical therapy practice on a weekly (maybe daily) basis: "I've been told by my (insert healthcare provider here) that my hip alignment is off and my hips are out of place. Can you put them back quick before we start our session today?", "I don't think my pelvis is aligned right, my one leg feels longer than the other. Can you take a look?", or "Can you do a quick check for me? My alignment is off." I doubt it. But we should probably dive a little bit deeper than that shouldn't we? There is a ton to unpack here.ย To be honest, it's probably one of the most emotionally charged topics within this field. That being said, I hope I can bring some good discussion to the table today, and help provide some reassurance for you. I'll say it again, and trust I do so with a positive and optimistic demeanor (not a dismissive one): I doubt the notion that your hips really are out of alignment, and for good reason in your favor! Let's try and break this down mechanically, culturally, psychosocially and take a look from an evidence-based perspective -- visiting some pertinent literature along the way. Read on if I've caught your attention!

Have you ever experienced pain at a joint and/or muscle? Well, you are not alone. It is pretty safe to say that everyone at some point in their life will experience some sort of musculoskeletal pain. Traditionally, we are quick to blame the affected body part and address it in a localized fashion. What if I told you that your bad knees, shoulder, low back, etc. are only the victims of a dysfunction elsewhere in your body? Treating the โ€˜painfulโ€™ body part can potentially improve your symptoms, but ultimately this remedy is destined to only be temporary, as the dysfunction elsewhere in the body is left untreated. Think of it as having a flat tire in your car and trying to fix the steering wheel for not working properly. Learn how to independently understand, identify problems, and improve your body's mobility. Consequently, learn how to address pain anywhere in your body with a more promising and lasting approach! In this article, we are going to show you the joint-by-joint approach for mobility to enhance your movement patterns!

Dealing with low back tightness? You're not alone, did you know that low back issues are the most common musculoskeletal complaint and one of the top reasons for time lost at work? However, don't be too alarmed, another way to look at it is low back pain and tightness is like the common cold of the musculoskeletal system. Just like the common cold, there can be a lot of reasons and contributing factors that make low back issues come around. The best way to manage low back tightness is to treat it comprehensively. In this article, you will learn different methods that you can start applying immediately to give you low back relief, as well as a follow-along 5-minute routine that we promise you will make your back feel like a million bucks!

If you spend an afternoon at your local gym long enough, you will inevitably see someone deadlifting in a way that could make your own back hurt! Chances are, you may have even strained your low back trying to master this complex exercise. Yet, youโ€™ve also heard the deadlift being praised as the best exercise for maintaining a strong and healthy back. So, which is it? Is the deadlift the problem or the solution to your back pain? In this article, youโ€™ll learn how the deadlift exercise can help you to overcome back pain, how to perform proper deadlifting with back pain, as well as some key measures supported by research that you can use to evaluate when you are ready to deadlift after a back injury!

What is the core and how do we train it? When you think of the core, you often think of a "6-pack" or "washboard stomach". However, our core is much more than just the superficial abdominal muscles that are visible to the eye. The core goes much beyond that, with layers of muscles not only on the front of our body, but also on our backs, hips, and even our pelvic floor! The core also consists of input from our nervous system. In this article, we are going to teach you all about the core and how to build core strength!

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 & 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 we embarked on the [P]Rehab mission in the first place was to inject some truth and science into the fitness and health industries. Proper education on your movement system, why you experience pain, and self-management strategies can go a really long way in making this world a much better and happier place. Education is power. Let us educate you on MRIs for low back pain and why you should always take medical imaging with a grain of salt!

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 is a serious call to action to provide the general public with low back exercises for back pain! Low back pain doesn't need to seem all that scary and debilitating, in this article you will learn low back exercises for back pain specifically designed to improve core stability, strength, mobility, which may help reduce your risk of injuring your lower back!