Sat Nov 14,2015
Low back pain? Hip pain? Sciatica? These are probably the most common pain complaints out there. I have seen figures where as much as 80% of the western population has some form of these pain issues. Why?
There are many reasons: weight gain, muscle imbalance, poor posture, joint dysfunction, joint defects, injury, repetitive movement patterns, arthritis, lack of movement/exercise and the list goes on and on. For me…a lot of my back issues are that pesky S I joint. My S I joint will rotate out of position slightly…usually on the right side and here come the muscle tightness and/or that slight hip pain or numb-like feeling in my quad.
The sacroiliac joint connects the sacrum with the pelvis on either side of the lower spine. It moves the forces of the upper body to the pelvis and legs.
The saccrum and S I joint (it’s all connected) has to hold all the weight from our upper body and transfer that weight to our pelvis and legs. This is why posture is so important…when all that weight (force) is transfered…the pelvis, hips, legs and feet (heels) should be supporting the weight in a balanced manner. If not well balanced…over time all kinds of mechanical and postural problems will occur. Those problems progress without treatment.
When the body works out of postion it creates stress on the joints, and excess tension on the muscles. When these positions are repeated constantly…the constant stress on the joints and excessive muscular tension…lead to inflammation, bone spurs, spasms, tendinitis, ligament damage and more. A pill, a shot, some rest will ease symptoms…but, the cause needs to addressed! Learn how to correct posture problems and repeated poor movement patterns.
If you have any of these pain issues…address them. I did 12 years ago. I only did because I hurt so bad I believed I was not going to be able to be active much longer…I was only 45. Thank goodness I did something about it….today I am pretty much pain free and can move freely…actually as good as I ever have.
It started with massage and chiropractic care. Two years ago I added FOUNDATION TRAINING! Foundation Training has been the ultimate treatment for me. To be able to lengthen my posterior chain…then to strengthen those muscles while in a lengthened position has been eye opening! This is what has been missing all my years of working out, training and competitive sports. Not only that…Foundation Training is the ultimate core work. I mean pelvic floor core work….the real deal!
Gotta go…fixing to get my walk, FT work and a little floor work in. Then I’ll teach a little FT.
Have a great weekend folks!