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Creating Internal Tension For A Back That Will Never Break
This article on creating internal tension for a back that will never break comes from my over 2 decades of working with clients with “bad back”, “slipped disc”, “back went out”, and the numerous failed back surgeries that I have seen. Over the years I have tried numerous approaches to back pain, including: chiropractic adjusting … Continue reading Creating Internal Tension For A Back That Will Never Break
Can the Way I Breathe be Causing My Back Pain?
Can the way I breathe be causing my back pain? What is belly breathing and why does it help? How do I brace my core? What is diaphragmatic breathing and why is it so important? Well let’s answer a few of these questions together…. But first we must take a look at what breathing does … Continue reading Can the Way I Breathe be Causing My Back Pain?
Why Should We Blow Up Balloons For Exercise?
Why do the doctors at Back to Function have me blow up balloons for some of my rehabilitation exercises? Blowing up balloons facilitates the abdominal muscles. The abdominal muscles are flexors of the spine and trunk. By facilitating (turning on) the spinal flexors with balloon blowing you are helping to inhibit (turn off) the spine … Continue reading Why Should We Blow Up Balloons For Exercise?
Why Sit-Ups Are Not Training Your Core
If you think doing sit-ups are training your core, you better keep reading so that you can rethink your “core” workouts. First of all, let’s define what the core is. What is the core? The torso and pelvis between the shoulders and hips (front and back of the body) is the core. Because of its size and capacity … Continue reading Why Sit-Ups Are Not Training Your Core
Core Bracing: “Suck in or Push out?”
If you’ve taken exercise classes or watched exercise videos, you may have heard people tell you to “suck in your core to protect your spine.” Another phrase often said in lifting when referring to bracing is, “push out to activate your core.” These terms can be confusing. The goal of core bracing is to allow … Continue reading Core Bracing: “Suck in or Push out?”