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Rethinking What it Means to Feel Stiff

Does Feeling Stiff Correlate to Being Stiff? This might surprise you, but not always and usually not ever. Current research shows that there is no correlation between feeling stiff and actually being stiff. However, the people who reported feeling stiff had a protective mechanism in which their bodies over-responded to forces applied to the body. This suggests lack of coordination and almost definitely an instability of some kind. Essentially, their body doesn’t trust itself to hold everything together and upright so it responds to certain movements but tightening and tensing in order to protect itself. The instinct of most people who experience this faux “tightness” is to stretch, stretch, and stretch some more. This may even offer some temporary relief but the sensation of being tight all the time will likely be relentless until the underlying problem is addressed. And the constant stretching is likely making the problem worse, so before...

Simple Stability Exercise; For the Pain In Your Neck

We are constantly striving for stability in our core with the hopes of improving posture and relieving back pain. Don’t get me wrong, core stability is the foundation of all movements and should be a major focus for everyone. However, let’s stop neglecting neck stability. Neck stability not only helps to maintain correct posture but can help relieve neck pain, upper back pain, and even headaches. Strengthening and Stabilizing Exercises Before I go over specific exercises, I would like to differentiate between the concept of strengthening and stabilizing as it pertains to exercising your neck. Strengthening involves moving against a force while stabilizing requires resisting movement under a similar force. When it comes to your neck, and the spine in general, it’s a good idea to focus on stabilizing exercises. Simple Neck Stability Exercises It is important to start any movement or exercise with good posture. For your neck this means shifting your head back...

How to Stop “Throwing Out Your Back”

What does it mean to throw out your back? The phrase “throwing out my back” takes on different forms. Sometimes it happens immediately after a certain activity (usually this entails moving incorrectly) and sometimes it comes on gradually. In either case, what is happening in your back is almost always the same. Under certain stress the spine buckles and the surrounding muscles seize up as a protective response. This usually results in a lot of pain and restricted movement. And, unfortunately, it tends to happen again.. And again.   How to stop the cycle! In order to stop the cycle of throwing out your back, we have to look at what causes it. As mentioned above, usually it is brought on by incorrect movements. This can include using pore posture when lifting or twisting in a way that your back doesn’t appreciate. Essentially, anything that brings your spine out of alignment creates a greater...

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....