Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain Treatment - An Evidence Update 

Low Back Pain Treatment - An Evidence Update 

There are many treatment options for low back pain: spinal manipulation, massage, exercise, acupuncture, medications, surgery, etc… But which therapies are most effective for treating low back pain? This post discusses the research on various treatments for lower back pain.

Updated Treatment Guidelines for Low Back Pain

Updated Treatment Guidelines for Low Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions in our society. The American College of Physicians recently released an updated guideline for the treatment of low back pain. This blog post will discuss the recommended treatment options for acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain. 

Developing a Core Exercise Program

Developing a Core Exercise Program

Core exercises have become a staple for managing low back issues. However, there is a lot of confusion regarding which exercises to do and how to do the exercises. This post will discuss some of the common faults with core exercise programs and how to create an effective core exercise program. 

What is the best exercise for low back pain?

What is the best exercise for low back pain?

Low back pain is one of the most common issues experienced in our society. In fact, it is estimated that one out of every four Americans report an episode of low back pain in the previous three months! Core strengthening exercises are often given for the treatment and prevention of low back pain. However, since there are so many different ways to strengthen the core, it is easy to get confused on where to start and which exercises are best.

Why Pain & Injury Aren’t Synonymous

Why Pain & Injury Aren’t Synonymous

We often think that injury and pain are synonymous. We experience pain when we sprain our ankle or accidentally hit our thumb with a hammer, which makes perfect sense. But does the presence of pain actually mean that there is always an injury to the tissue? This blog post will discuss the difference between pain and injury and why it is important. 

Biohacking the Squat - Is it a mobility or stability issue?

Biohacking the Squat - Is it a mobility or stability issue?

The squat is one of the best whole body exercises that you can do. It challenges the overall mobility and stability of the entire body. There is a common misconception with the squat that there is an “ideal squat.” Traditionally the ideal squat consisted of the feet planted straight forward, knees tracking over the 2nd toe, chest up, and the head looking straight ahead. Unfortunately, this advice does not suit everyone because we are all built slightly different. This blog post will discuss how to figure out what is limiting your squat as well as how to determine what the best squatting pattern is for your body. 

4 Simple Ways to Improve Thoracic Mobility

4 Simple Ways to Improve Thoracic Mobility

Thoracic pain and stiffness is a common complaint experienced by many. The thoracic spine, commonly referred to as the mid-back, is composed of 12 vertebra bones between the neck and low back. This blog post will discuss why thoracic mobility is important and four exercises you can do to improve your mobility. 

How Exercise Helps with Tissue Healing

How Exercise Helps with Tissue Healing

Exercise therapy seems to be a panacea for just about all human aliments (depression, anxiety, low back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, etc…). Sometimes it isn’t clear how exercise can help with tissue healing such as tendinopathies and cartilage issues. This post will discuss how exercise can help with musculoskeletal tissue healing. 

Piriformis Syndrome - A Pain in the Butt

Pain along the backside of the leg is a common condition which occurs in 2.2-19.5% of the population per year. While the cause of sciatica is frequently attributed to a herniated disc in the back, this is not always the cause. The piriformis muscle, a small muscle in the buttocks region, can also cause compression of the sciatic nerve leading to pain.This blog post will discuss the causes of sciatica and treatment options for the treatment of piriformis syndrome.