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The Gift of Injury; Rehab Low Back Pain on Your Own

Once upon a time there was a power lifter, Brian Carroll, who was trying to recover from a low back injury. He sought out specialists in the field including a number of orthopedists, all of which said that he would need surgery and that he would have to stop power lifting. However, lifting was too important to him to call it quits. So he found Stuart Mcgill and they worked together on rehabilitating his back. Within a year and a half he came back stronger than ever and went on to break several world records. In an effort to help others with the same age old problem of low back pain they wrote a book together, The Gift of Injury. They went on to live happily ever after- pain free! This book goes over several key components of rehabbing low back pain. Although the book is geared toward power lifters and...

Low Back Pain- In a Nutshell

Dealing with low back pain can be frustrating and confusing because what works for some may not work for you. The type of therapy that will be most effective depends mostly on what is causing the pain. In order to better understand your treatment options, it’s important to consider the different tissues that can be injured. Structures of the Spine There are essentially four different structures of the spine that can be injured and cause low back pain. Discs are the cushions in between vertebrae that allow us to be mobile. Over time they can become injured and basically wear down. Joints are where bones come together. There are small joints along the vertebrate in your spine and larger joints such as the in the hip; any of which can become restricted and cause pain. Muscles are the movers of the body and can develop trigger points or knots and muscle spasms....

Relieving Low Back Pain from Sitting

This video will help to give you some ideas for managing low back pain from sitting. This type of low back pain is sometimes called flexion intolerant low back pain because flexion or rounding of the low back is what is painful or not tolerated. The pain generator from this type of low back pain is usually the discs in between the vertebrae (bones) of the spine. Sitting in a rounded position for too long of periods of time is a common way to irritate those discs. The idea for managing this is to get into positions where the spine is not in that excessive flexion for long periods. Sometimes an easy fix can be as simple as putting a small rolled up towel in the small of your back. You can also buy a lumbar spine support and use that between the chair and the small of your back. Other options...