BACK PAIN

Statistic show that 80% of the the Western population will suffer from some type of back pain.  I definitely believe this is an accurate estimate.  Back pain can affect all types of people. From sedentary to fit athletes…lack of exercise, too much exercise, to much repetitive movements, white collar, blue collar…many people from all walks of life will have to deal with back pain issues.

BACK PAIN IS REAL

BACK PAIN in many cases is annoying.  In many other cases it can be debilitating!  Back can make people reach for to many over the counter meds or worse to many pain pills.  People will even break down and go to the doctor to find relief.  In many cases they are sent home with a prescription to relieve the pain.  When pain persists or becomes to painful cortisone injunctions are prescribed.  Pills and shots do not fix back pain…that is a fact!  

Back pain is caused from injuries, faulty movement patterns, repetitive patterns, to much sitting, too much technology, sedentary lifestyles, too much weight gain….even gravity.  Couple some of these reasons together and the worse back pain becomes.

BACK PAIN IS PREVENTABLE, TREATABLE AND MANAGEABLE

I am a 59 year old former athlete.  My athletics are now rounds of golf, walking and bodyweight style exercise.  As a young college athlete back in the 70’s I suffered with back pain.  Thought it was normal because of all the sports I played.  As I aged into mÿ 40’s the back came more often, lasted longer and really affected me be able to exercise at all.

In 2013 my wonderful Chiropractor (Foxworth Chiropractic) turned me onto Foundation Training.  I knew immediately there was something special happening in my body.  It seemed so simple but I could not figure out why it worked.  It looked and felt like stretching…which I have always done…yet it made me feel so much better.  I started to research it and learn what I could and kept doing a little everyday.  I kept waiting for my back to go out… yet it never did.  The pain was gone…even though I knew it would be back…yet it hasn’t come back.  I have been practicing and teaching Foundation Training 4 years now…my back pain is GONE!  I know it sounds to good to be true…but, it really is true…GONE!

Because of Foundation Training…I have learn to take better care of my body.  Posture and body mechanics are better which manages the stress the muscles put on the joints.  I practice movement patterns now which help muscles work in proper sequencing…which improves flexibility, strength and mobility.  Trust me at nearly 60 years old mobility is vital to a very long life!  I practice decompression breathing daily to improve the deep core and spinal muscles…the key to a healthy back!

Because of Foundation Training…I now follow and practice other movement practioners and modalities.  Some of my favorites are GMB and Animal Flow.  I would have never tried any of their work because I could not have gotten my body into those positions.   Now I can👏

LEARN ABOUT YOUR BODY

Do yourself a favor….if you have back pain.  Find a FT instructor (foundationtraining.com).  Get assessed and take a few lessons.  It’s not expensive and what you learn will serve you for life!  FOUNDATION TRAINING is not a fad!  It is a very doable systematic…with a purpose approach to healing pain in the body…if you will practice a little every day.

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BREATHING IS EXERCISE

Mon March 23, 2015

Breathing is something we all take for granted.  We never give breathing a second thought… Hopefully, after reading this everyone will look at breathing differently and really start working on making the way you breathe work better for you.

Oxygen is needed in our bodies to help repair tissue and keep our cells healthy so they may do their various jobs.  Therefore, the more oxygen we can bring into our bodies the healthier we can be.

There are varying breathing techniques out there.  I prefer DECOMPRESSION BREATHING.  TThis technique is simple to learn yet take some practice to master.  This is a very muscular form of deep breathing.  A lot of back muscles will awake…core muscles are firing…and the lungs and diaphragm will learn to pull in larger amounts of healing oxygen…sending it thru the blood stream into tissue and the cells.  

Start by relaxing the body(I prefer to stand).  Center your body ove your heels, retract the shoulder blades which opens the chest area and gentle draw the navel towards the back of your spine.  Breathe in thru your nose raising the ribcage and maintaing your posture.  Do this a few times feeling the ribcage rise, the tension in the abdominal area and the muscles in your back.  

Once you are comfortable with that lets take it up a notch.

Get into posture, breathe in thru the nose lifting the ribcage and drawing navel back towards the spine.  Now, as you go to exhale maintain the lifting and pulling in.   FEEL THAT!  The muscles attached to that ribcage are really working to lift and stay up while you exhale…you should feel tension.  The better you get at this the tension will subside.  The muscles in the abdomen are really working as the pull in and stay there while you breathe out.  Again, you will feel some tension in the body.  The lungs and diaphragm are really working trying to pull in more and more air with each breath.  The diaphragm works with the core muscles while breathing…this is how we were breathing as a baby.

Practice DECOMPRESSION BREATHING!  

You will breathe easier, lengthing you spine, have stronger back/core muscles, bring more healing oxygen into your lungs, blood stream, tissue and cells.  You will decrease tension in the musculature and you will just plain feel better.

Have a great day!

MOVEMENT MATTERS,

STEVEY