Hypermobility and Back Pain – Stability Exercises to Wind Down Pain

Hypermobility is common in the generation of back pain. Research has been revealing this for many years and recently I developed a model to help the patient see what it means to have excessive motion within the spine. Stuart McGill endorses the models I craft because it brings the research to the patients. It helps [...]

A Holistic Approach to Ergonomics Would Benefit Workers At-Risk for IVD Pain

The authors of a review [1. The Contribution of Biomechanical-Biological Interactions of the Spine to Low Back Pain] about the interactions between biological and mechanical forces of the spine and how they may contribute to back pain determined that a more helpful ergonomics paradigm in the study of in vivo tolerance limits might be achieved [...]

Forward Bending is the Biggest Culprit in Disc Damage

Though people usually blame lower back pain and disc damage on heavy lifting, a new study [1. Numerical Prediction of the Mechanical Failure of the Intervertebral Disc under Complex Loading Conditions]  determined that the true cause of damage is bending—specifically, in a forward direction.   While studying the effects of complex loading conditions on sheep [...]

Advancing Research with Chair-Care Decompression Exercise

In a recent research article published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, the authors looked to modify an exercise I had published in 2010 in both the Journal of Bodywork and Therapies and The Spine Journal. In our original papers, the arms were used to "off-load" the spine in an exercise I called chair-care [...]

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