Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

Stop Lower Back Tightness in 1:00 or Less

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Shopping is one of the activities that we most frequently hear about regarding aggravating our clients’ lower backs. And what do we do during the holiday season? We shop.

The stopping and starting and stopping again. The standing around in long lines with no reprieve for our back muscles.

Couple that with the other stresses associated with the holidays and the factors that can ramp up lower back pain/tightness can get the best of us. So if you are looking for a quick and effective way to reduce tension in your lower back, you’ll want to watch this video.

Derahn shows you how to relax your lower back muscles WITHOUT stretching. It is counter intuitive for most people but it gets the job done because it goes with the tightness instead of away from it.

That’s the good news. It will relax the back muscles and for many people reduce or eliminate upper and lower back pain.

The bad news is that this is not a long term solution. It does not address the many, many bio-psycho-social factors associated with pain.

However, any time you can mitigate the discomfort, keep it from escalating and take control-you are doing something very positive for your long term success.

Try it!

Holiday hurting

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Today I was thinking about the next educational talk I was going to do for the San Diego community. A great December talk would be on the role holiday stress plays on the increase in musculoskeletal symptoms. But then I realized that same stress is what most people would use to rationalize why they couldn’t make it to the talk!

You can not separate psychological tension from musculoskeletal tension. Pile on an increase in alcohol and sugar consumption, mix in some late nights (less sleep) and you’ve got the holiday recipe for pain production.

If you are a Function First client or are using the exercises from my book, The Pain-Free Program: A Proven Method to Relieve Back, Neck, Shoulder and Joint Pain the holidays are not the time to take a holiday from your exercises. You may need them more now than ever.

Stress is a product of reduced control. Your exercise program gives you control. Keep that in mind now before you get causght up in the worldwind of the holidays.

Best in Health

Anthony Carey M.A., CSCS, CES