SECRETS TO AN AGELESS SPINE
Are you doomed to suffer from back pain for the rest of your life?
That is what I believed! In the early eighties, I was involved in a series of car accidents, which left me with chronic back pain for over two decades. Over the years, I have tried everything in and out of the box to get relief:
- Physical therapy
- Reiki • Massages • Hands-on healing • New age modalities • Positive thinking – hypnosis
- Vitamin and natural supplements
Nevertheless, by the age of forty years old, I was left with a debilitating condition called CHRONIC PAIN, and INCREASED WEIGHT GAIN. While my spirit was being uplifted by a persistent quest for spiritual answers, my body was deteriorating at a very fast pace.
I am not alone
Here are a few statistics
- About 80 percent of North Americans suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives, and for 85 percent of them, their pain is chronic
- One in four adults with back pain are in poor physical health
- People with back pain are more prone to feelings of anger and depression, sadness, worthlessness, and hopelessness.
- Chronic pain is a major public health problem and is now of epidemic proportions.
THREE OF THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF CHRONIC BACK PAIN
BAD POSTURE – POOR MOVEMENT BIO MECHANICS – WRONG EXERCISE SELECTION
If one body part of the body is out of alignment, other parts move out of alignment to balance it. Bad posture is often caused muscular imbalances which occur when you have overdeveloped and tight muscles in one area of your body while the opposing muscles are weak and stretched out of their normal position, causing a constant tug of war syndrome during daily activities. As your muscles progressively get more out of balance, you end up pulling yourself out of proper alignment.
It prematurely ages your spine, joints, tendons, ligaments and results in injuries such as: Sciatica, frozen shoulder, knee pain, hip pain, and all forms of back pain.
Postural positions affect the nerve tissue by altering blood flow to the spinal cord and to the brain.
Postural dysfunction also affects the way you look:
Bent knees when standing or walking
Head that either leans forward or backward
Makes you look old
Forward Head Posture
One of the most common postural dysfunction is Forward Head Posture, also know as “Text Neck”. Your head weighs as much as a bowling ball ,which is 10-12 lbs. The head should sit directly on the neck and shoulders, like a golf ball sits on a tee.
For every half-inch that your head slumps forward, an additional 5 – 6 lbs. of stress is added to the neck muscles.
Failure to address postural misalignment can cause irreversible damage to discs and joints, lead to long term muscle strain, disc herniation, pinched nerves and blood vessels, thoracic outlet syndrome, muscle and tissue pain, fibromyalgia, chronic strains, early degeneration arthritis and aging.
POOR MOVEMENT BIOMECHANICS
Poor movement biomechanics also contributes to bad posture and chronic pain. While performing daily activities such as doing housework, carrying grocery bags, traveling, or playing sports, cor example.
Proper movement biomechanics include:
- Performing activities correctly in a way that uses the least amount of energy/effort e.g. lifting, pushing, or moving objects.
- Maintaining proper body positioning during movement
- Using muscles efficiently to prevent muscle pain & joint strain
A word about disc damage
Most disc-related injuries occur from repetitive micro-traumas, often leading to debilitating conditions. Daily stress from poor movement biomechanics, poor posture, muscle weakness and tightness, and poor lifting techniques eventually wear down the ligaments and supporting structures so that when an incident happens, the disc is damaged.
The state of muscular and skeletal balance protects the supporting structures of the body against injury or progressive deformity.
In other words it is your muscles that hold your spine and your body together!
WRONG EXERCISE SELECTION
There is a large and complex group of muscles that work together to support the spine, helping hold the body upright and allow the trunk of the body to move, twist and bend in many directions. Soft tissues around the spine also play a key role in supporting your spine. The proper exercise selection must be applied in order to rebuild the synergistic muscles that will hold the spine in proper balance, while avoiding the types of activity that aggravate the condition.
A sensible strength training system, properly performed is the fastest way toward good posture and getting rid of overuse injuries. A good step is to employ the Dr Fitness USA’s Priority Training Principle.
YOUR WEAK BODY PARTS MUST BE TRAINED FIRST AND TRAINED HARD
BEWARE OF FAULTY TRAINING PROTOCOLS
“An axiom in bodybuilding is that weight training is excellent for preventing back problems, only if you weight train correctly says Dr. Leroy Perry, a chiropractic orthopedist and president of the International Sports Medical Institute in West Los Angeles and long time supporter of the Dr. Fitness USA’s training protocol. If you train incorrectly, you can actually invite, rather than prevent, back problems. Just because you are a bodybuilder,says Perry, does not necessarily mean you will have good posture”.
SECRET TO AN AGELESS SPINE
Through the Body Design Formula system created by Dr Fitness USA, aggravating conditions associated with postural mismanagement, can be addressed by creating a specific strength training formula for you, in order to reverse them over time.