3 Things Never To Do with Back Pain
Filed in: Back Stretching
Chances are you know someone who suffers with back pain. Back pain is is caused by too much sitting and inappropriate exercise; rarely is back pain a genetic disorder.
Back pain can manifest with different symptoms; herniations, degenerations, spondylosis, spondylosthesis, sciatica, tightness, tingliness, etc. These symptoms lead to a host of misdiagnoses and mismanagement that can prolong the healing process.
Below are three thoughts from more than 15 years of personal training clients with back pain.
1. Stretching And Cracking The Low Back Is Dangerous
I stretched my clients’ backs for several years and many of them got worse because of it. Truth be told, I continued stretching my clients because they asked me to, despite my misgivings. They told me it made them feel better, when in fact, it was probably making them worse. It wasn’t until I started training stiffness in the low back that my clients started to feel better permanently.
2. Weighted Twisting Can Cause Herniations
I worked at a health club prior to Core Fitness, and I heard stories about members “throwing their backs’ out” after using the seated rotary torso. Back pain sufferers have very little tolerance with the twisting motion (never mind weighted twisting)! Core Fitness never had a seated rotary torso and I never trained weighted rotation because I felt it was dangerous (the exercise itself looks dangerous and unsafe). Again, it wasn’t until I started training stiffness in the spine that my clients began to feel better permanently.
3. Heat May Feel Good But Cold Is Better
Heat causes blood to sit stagnant which can prolong the healing process to the low back muscles. Also, nerve damage can worsen with the application of heat. Ice, on the other hand, encourages blood flow to the damaged area, and several of our clients tell us they feel better after icing their back, especially while sitting in the car.
Jon has more than 40,000 hours as a personal trainer and can be reached at info@CoreFitnessNJ.com or 732-475-0142.