In a society where a sedentary lifestyle is common, so too are low back problems.
Whether it be at school, uni, work, or home, the vast majority of us spend most of our day sitting. We do not utilise the full hip movement available, often resulting in tightness through the surrounding musculature. To combat this, in many occasions the lower back must work even harder. It is my experience, both in clinic and in my own life, that improving hip function can greatly improve low back pain.
Here are a few of my little tips to improve hip mobility, muscular tightness and ease your lower back pain.
After a massive pre-season effort, and probably a few seasons of development to build your team, you’re ready to tackle the finals season. It's time to hold the much coveted premiership cup.
With all that hard work under your belt, you want to make sure you get yourself and your team reaching your potential. It's important to minimise any injuries, risks or setbacks that might be in your way.
From my personal experience in the gym and in the clinic, time and time again I see the importance of gluteus muscle strength. Improving glute strength has been seen to improve over all performance in weight training (like the dead lift) and symptoms of low back, pelvic and hip pain. Here are my top 3 workouts for your buttocks.
For most, we do something like horse riding because of the way it makes us feel. However, as with every sport and past time, injuries and compensations can occur within the body. Through my experience as an equestrian and osteopath, most horse riders experience similar types and areas of pain.
I ignored a niggly pain in my lower back last month. There were no appointment times that suited me, so I took the “she’ll be right” approach. Mistake. Two weeks later I was cancelling appointments with my clients because I couldn’t work.
Now, I’m fortunate. I’m an osteopath. I know low back pain, I know other osteopaths. I was able to get things back under control fairly quickly.
But a lurking thought kept creeping in: What if it hadn’t just been a niggle? What if I’d hurt myself seriously? What if, rather than needing a long weekend off work, I’d needed a few weeks?
It’s a sobering thought to think about how you’re going to pay the bills when you’re an injured sub-contractor.
Meditation – that’s that sitting thing for monks, yogis and hippies, right? I mean really, who has the time? You don’t understand, my To-Do List is a mile long, there are other, more important things I need to do! Like sleep, or the dishes, or return that phone call…