Some 80 million Americans suffer with back pain. Back pain is the number one reason people miss work and head to an ER. The estimated cost to treat back pain is 86 billion dollars annually. Really! What makes this even more outrageous is the majority of these back pain cases are over treated and the treatments ordered are unnecessary because they are not going to treat the root of the problem. By the time you add up the narcotics given, the MRI’s, CT scans, physician fees, ER fees, and whatever costs…it is out of hand. I am by no means minimizing back pain! I am in that group who have suffered with back pain most of my life. Back pain does hurt and can be debilitating! The truth of the matter is: most people have back pain for 2 reason…Poor Posture and Obesity! Poor Posture creates mechanical problems with the muscles and joints. Obesity can cause some of the poor posture. Also, bearing to much weight on our frame….stresses the muscles and joints. It is a viscous cycle! Posture and weight are 2 things we can change and/or control. Pills, X-rays, MRI’s any other tests, and Dr visits do not fix posture or obesity! Only the individual can do this.
Americans…if you want to feel better, if you want your back pain to stop…you are going to have to take charge of your body. If you are overweight…you must get the weight down. Yes, you might have to pay someone to help you. Get your posture evaluated! Get your daily habits evaluated. These things you can change.
Learn FOUNDATION TRAINING! This technique is practically a miracle cure for people with back pain. As I stated earlier in the article I have suffered with serious back pain for many years. I do watch my weight, I do exercise, I get chiropractic adjustments, I get massages…all these methods help…adding FT has eliminated the chronic back issues I have had. I still do all the listed treatments and always will. Treat your body with respect and take care of it.
Mon Dec 1, 2014:
Morning everyone! Time to start knocking out this last month of 2014! At the same time let’s start planning what we can do better in 2015. Of course, I’m here to talk about your health and fitness plans.
Let’s figure out why your 2014 plan of exercising and/or losing a few pounds failed.
Could it be that exercise just could not stay at the top of the “to do” list?
Could it be that after a hard day at the office your back hurts, your neck hurts or you are just to tired?
Could it be that you just feel to uncomfortable at the gym you joined and just don’t know what to do once you get there?
Could it be once you miss a few times of exercising it becomes easier to miss than to do it?
Could it be the task of exercise is just to much because you believe you can never get all that weight off?
Could it be you just hate exercise? You hated gym class in school and you still don’t like to exercise?
Are any of these your reasons? Is there something else?
No matter what the reason some form of exercise is mandatory. We have to exert some force, get our heart pumping, move our joints. Use it or loose it really does apply.
Let’s start thinking about exercise as simply just “movement”. Instead of saying, I need to go exercise today…say, I am going to move through out the day. Most of us go to work everyday and sit at a desk all day 6-8 hours or more. In 2015 let’s focus on sitting at that desk only 1-2 hours per day. That means you would have stood up 4-6 hours. Just standing burns calories. Standing makes you bear weight on your joints which makes your muscles do some work. Standing makes you work against gravity. Standing and moving around at the office is going to do way more than sitting in your chair all day long!
Right here in Jackson Ms. obesity is the norm! It is not ok to be so overweight that you just do not move or just do not care anymore. It is not ok in any way! If you fall into this category…start changing. You do not have to aim for “skinny”, just aim for “moving”.