My last two articles looked at better ways to warm up using soft tissue techniques, movement preparation and mobility drills to get you on your way to a more efficient range of movement, better tissue health and, of course, better performance.
In this issue I want to discuss caring for your back. Many athletes and non-athletes suffer from back pain that can be easily remedied without intensive therapy or drugs, it just takes some work on your part. This is true for most of the population, however there are always people who fall outside of the norm. I recommend seeing your allied health practitioner first to see if you have any contra-indications to any of these exercises shown.
Typically, even though back injuries may seem to just pop up, most of the time they are in fact a gross overuse injury. We have all heard an athlete say, Ive been doing this for years, Ive never had an issue so I dont know what happened. You have constantly reinforced a crappy posture or pattern of movement and at some point your body is going to tap out due to muscular imbalance, stiffness or instability. Its the proverbial straw that broke the camels back.
You can download the full article here:Back In Motion