For almost 40 years, lower back pain has been one of the biggest complaints and concern from my clients, more than any other issue that I have come across. The information in this article is from my experience working with many types of clients ranging from adolescents, professional athletes, to senior citizens across the country. I have had the opportunity to learn and receive valuable information from some well-respected physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons.
Throughout the years, clients have been referred to me because of some type of chronic lower back pain or discomfort. In most cases, they had seen several practitioners with little or no relief and/or solution. Some just deal with the discomfort and in turn become less active which leads to many other issues.
My objective is to educate and motivate clients (to move in a direction) to consider that just stretching a muscle group (hamstrings, hips, psoas, and glutes) is the simple answer to the problem. Some muscles need to be stretched while some need to be strengthened or a combination of both. When the hips become tight, the lumbar spine compensates which causes pain and discomfort. The synergy of each muscle group and its function should be the goal.
By designing a multi-dimensional level training program, clients experience increased mobility, flexibility, and overall strength.
But beware! There are no shortcuts or quick fixes. One must be committed to the process of wellness. Re-training the body and creating new muscle patterns takes time, patience, and education.
We owe it to ourselves to invest in the single most important commodity- OUR HEALTH!
No matter how much money we have, without our health we have nothing. We need to think long term and be our own advocate.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of massage or are looking for more information about nutrition or training advice, please call or email me.