POWER OF THE POSTERIOR CHAIN

What is the posterior chain anyway? 

The posterior chain is a group of muscles consisting predominantly of tendons and ligaments on the posterior of the body. Examples of these muscles include the biceps femoris, gluteus maximus, erector spinae muscle group, trapezius, and posterior deltoids.  In simpler words, you can say the back, hamstrings and calves.

This group of muscular structure should work together as a unit to extended and stabilize our spine, hips, knees and ankle as we move.

In this technology and computerized world we live in today where many people do not move enough the back of the body becomes weak and compromised.  Even if you do exercise more than the average person many of us do not move through enough range of motion or thru enough different planes of motion.

How do you know if your glutei is weak? How do you know if your hamstrings are short and tight?  Does your back hurt when you go take a run?

If you sit a lot…you most likely have a weak/tight posterior chain.  Short/tight muscles pull on the bones.  When bones get pulled or rotated out of position…muscles have to work out of position and inefficiently.  Thus, the cycle begins and continues until there is inflammation, friction, micro tears, spurs, imbalances, joint damage and pain.  This leads to having to stop activity, then you start taking medicine, then pain pills and then the cortisone shots.  You start to feel better and start moving again, but the symptoms return and the cycle continues.

We all have to start taking care of our body with our own musculature.  I know…you thought exercising is a way to take care of our bodies!  It is…we just have to exercise in a better more mechanically proper manner.  The human body is meant to heal itself…if you give it the proper tools.  

Enter FOUNDATION TRAINING!  Foundation Training focuses on the back of the body with a series of exercise that integrate decompression breathing and anchoring thru movement.  I have to say I was skeptical when I first started, but four years later my back feels great!  I use FT daily as my stretching for any and all activities I do.  You will reap great benefits from learning the FT protocol and exercises.  

Contact me and visit foundationtraining.com

Get up from that desk and breathe…decompress…lengthen…it only take a minute or two.  Now you can get back to work…you will feel refreshed and energized.  

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.

52. Eric Goodman: Foundation Training — Turning Personal Adversity into a Blessing For Humanity!

Take some time to listen to Eric Goodman, creator of Foundation Training.  I have been practicing and teaching FT over 3 years now.  FT is as advertised!  An excellent pain management tool.  FT develops  muscular strength and stability thru out the body…especially the posterior chain.

Most body pain is caused by structural issues, compensation patterns, muscular imbalances, repetitive poor habits and muscular weakness.  Foundation Training can help correct and improve all these issues.

If you really want to help your body, manage pain and improve movement, strength, patterns, flexibility and more… Learn Foundation Training!

Click on the show title to read more and listen…Turning Personal Adversity into a Blessing For Humanity!

Source: 52. Eric Goodman: Foundation Training — Turning Personal Adversity into a Blessing For Humanity!

 

IS FOUNDATION TRAINING FOR YOU…WELL…

Wednesday Aug 5, 2015

Do you suffer from chronic or occasional back pain?

Do you sit too much?

Do you have a herniated disc or back spasms?

Aching knees, sciatica, or hip pain?

Are you starting to bend over a little as you walk?

Are you looking to improve your quality of movement?

Want to feel stronger and healthier?

Not ready to think about surgery?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above then Foundation Training is absolutely for you!

There is no reason to wait any longer for relief.  You must learn Foundation Training…it works!

The best medicine for the body is movement!  All the ailments listed above can be helped thru a daily routine of Foundation Training.  I know this because I practice FT daily and have had chronic back pain for over 30 years.  I have low back degeneration, a bulging disc and S I joint rotation.  I get tight back muscles from sitting at my desk, from rotation in the pelvis when I play golf.  

I have been in the fitness industry many years… I have played many sports, exercised, lifted weights, stretched, iced, soaked… I have seen it all and done it all.  

The first time I tried Foundation Training…I knew it was different!  My body felt it.  Couldn’t explain why something so simple to do…helped so much?  Why didn’t I already know about this?  My mind raced with anticipation of how FT could help so many people.

Here I am two years later.  I feel great!  I can keep my back problems in check by doing a little FT each day, a monthly chiropractic adjustment and my massage.  I am as active as ever… Movement is the best medicine for the body!

I have taught a lot of FT and have helped a lot of people learn about their body and how to take better care of it.  I wish I could help more people.  Doctors need to know about Foundation Training!  Doctors need to prescribe Foundation Training instead of muscle relaxers.  Decompression Breathing is a muscle relaxer!  Creating length in the posterior chain coupled with decompression breathing…is a better stretching method and helps muscle imbalance verses a single leg hamstring stretch. 

Doctors, therapist, coaches, athletes…lets get new school.   

 

BALANCE

Sunday 7/12/15
How’s your balance? Most of the time, you may not even notice how it plays into your day. It’s a steady presence that keeps you on your feet.

But here’s something you may not know: Balance training — exercises designed to improve balance — can give you a stronger core. Your core includes the abdominal, chest, back, and hip muscles.

When you practice staying balanced, you give these muscles a real workout too. This makes your midsection stronger and more stable. That’s one of the ways working on your balance helps reduce your risk of falls, back pain, and injuries.
Balance training is often recommended for older adults. But a strong core and good balance can help people of all ages in their everyday tasks and fitness pursuits. For example, you can put them to use when you’re climbing a ladder, carrying a toddler, skiing, golfing — and more.

It’s actually pretty easy to add simple balance exercises into your day — no special equipment required. These five basic moves are a good start:

Walk backward or sideways.

Walk on your heels.

Walk on your toes or heel–to–toe.

Stand up from a sitting position without using your hands.

Stand on one foot.

You can do these exercises as the space and situation allow. For example, you might stand on one foot while waiting for the microwave or talking on the phone. When you do any of these moves, make sure the surface you’re on is smooth and free of any potential hazards. If you’re unsure how steady you’ll be, have something sturdy to hold on to.

FOUNDATION TRAINING: My absolute favorite training technique for everything.  Since we are talking about balance…FT is great for training the core.  Movement starts in the core…the legs and arms move all around the core.  The stronger the core…the more control you have in balancing and moving.

TMJ AND FOUNDATION TRAINING

Monday June 23, 2015

 What Is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the jaw joint that connects the mandible, or the bone of the lower jaw, to the temporal bones of the skull on either side of the head. Symptoms of TMJ disorder (often referred to as just TMJ) include:

 Pain in the jaw and surrounding muscles… Grinding/clicking of the jaw… Jaw muscle stiffness… Locking of the jaw.  Remember the jaw is a joint just like the knee, ankle, finger etc.

TMJ can develop from injuries…such as a broken jaw.  Stress, grinding teeth, gum chewing, poor posture, dental work, arthritis to name a few.

Usual treatments consist of simple jaw exercises, bite adjustments, simple occlusal guards…more elaborate guards, medicines.  More extreme cases could be treated with injections or surgery.

I have worked in a dental office for over 20 years and have seen cases of TMJ.  TMJ can be a nuisance and should be treated conservatively at first…then more advanced measures if the symptoms can not be managed.  Managing symptoms is how to manage pain.  We do the same thing for back pain, neck pain, wrist pain.  The jaw is a bone with a joint that is moved and supported by muscle and ligaments…just like all of our other joints.  The more you can manage pain by motion the better.

Since I am a “body” person…lets talk forward head posture being a possible cause of TMJ.  The average 10-12 pound head we all have is supposed to balance directly between our two shoulders.  When the head juts forward it becomes heavier increasing the weight and the stress on our neck, shoulder, upper back.  Some of those neck muscles are attached to our jaw.  When these joints are out of position…the muscles have to work very hard in order to balance our head.  When soft tissue is strained, or overworked it can it will pull on the bones causing malalignments.  When we are out of alignment our brain calls for help from other muscles…this cause muscles that should be doing their job to rest.  This becomes a cycle of some muscles doing to much and some not doing anything…hence “muscle imbalance”. 

Posture is the ability to balance the body.  Some of us have really good posture, some pretty good and some really poor posture.  Therefore, people with poor posture…specifically “forward head syndrome” have musculature that is really stressed and working harder than it should to hold the head up.  

If you have TMJ issues…get your posture looked at.  Forward head posture can be improved.  The shoulder, neck, traps, rhomboids can be strengthen to help get the head back in better alignment which in turn take stress off that jaw.  Foundation Training is perfect for this.  Foundation Training is posture work for the posterior musculature.  

HAMSTRINGS AND FOUNDATION TRAINING

Tue June 9,2015

Hamstrings- the muscle group in the upper back of the leg opposite our thigh.  The hamstring group is used to help us bend our knee and perform hip extension — backward movement of your thighs. Although the gluteal muscles in your buttocks are the main muscles that perform hip extension, your hamstrings assist with this motion as you move from sitting to standing, squat and jump. Hip extension performed by your hamstrings also helps propel your body forward as you run.

The hamstrings are often under utilized while the opposing muscle group (quads) are over utilized.  This creates imbalance.  The front of the legs becomes over dominate and the back of the leg becomes weak and looses its flexibility.   Too much sitting is another culprit for weak hamstrings and glutei.  If you are sitting on these muscles for 6-8 hours a day…they are not working!  If they are in this “turned off” state day after day, the hamstrings become short, tight and weak.  Hamstrings need to be flexible.  Tight hamstrings are a major contributor leading to back pain and knee pain.  

What can we do for our hamstrings?  

First, a steady diet of FOUNDATION TRAINING is a great place to start.  Foundation Training, is the perfect posterior chain training technique to stretch and strengthen the hamstrings.  If you want to keep doing the same old single leg hamstring stretches you have been doing for years…fine, but Foundation Training is better…and that’s a fact!  Isolated stretching is not going to accomplish what Foundation Training can do by stretching the whole posterior chain as a unit…period!  

Secondly, when working out at the gym for every quad exercise you do make sure you do a hamstring focused exercise.  Squats and deadlifts are ideal…if properly done.  If you know Foundation Training…you will be mechanically prepared to do squats and deadlifts properly.

Thirdly, stop,sitting all the time!  Get out of the chair and move around.  I have a desk job and I get up every 15 minutes or so.  I’ll throw in a little desk stretch or founder.  When I get home I’ll sit on the floor just to get my hips into a full range of motion.  

Work on your posture.  The hamstrings also help us balance our bodies.  If they are weak or tight we tend to bend at the waist and tip forward…this is how the back issues start…and never stop.   What’s the best exercise for posture?  That’s right…FOUNDATION TRAINING!  

Gain control of your body again.  Don’t let time, age and gravity bend you up like a pretzel.  FOUNDATION TRAINING will give you the awareness and tools you need to stand up tall, manage pain, move well and feel well.