The myths about back pain and exercise

Last Thursday August 17th I attended a course with Kevin Darby from DTS fitness education about exercise and back pain.  It was a fantastic course which had lots of practical advice and assessment tools for people who suffer from back pain.

Over the next 4 weeks I will break down some of what I learned and apply it for Vintage Fitness clients.

  • Week One:  The myths about back pain and exercise
  • Week Two: Learning your back pain triggers
  • Week Three: What is spinal hygiene?
  • Week Four: The best core exercises to support your back
The myths about back pain and exercise

The myths about back pain and exercise

  1. Disc Degeneration is uncommon:  Results from 33 different studies totalling 3110 participants showed that at 50 years old 80% of clients have some disc degeneration and it increases to 88% and 93% for 60 and 70 year olds.
  2. The best thing for back pain is yoga: Each back pain case needs to assessed to determine the best way to reduce the pain.  Some clients are too stiff to start with yoga and some movements such as ab crunches could do more harm than good.
  3. Strengthening the core is the best first response: Core strengthening could be a part of the solution but your first response to chronic low back pain should be to determine what movements you are doing that are triggering the pain.  Next week I will go through how to learn your back pain triggers.
  4. Stretching and exercise right after a back injury is best: If you hurt your back you should be icing it and resting it to let the inflammation reduce for around 12 hours before starting any exercise program

Vintage Fitness is an in-home personal training company that works in the GTA. If you would like a free 30 minute consultation with one of our 50+ expert personal trainers drop me a note

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Vintage Fitness is an in home personal training company in Toronto, Canada.  We specialize in energizing the lives of people over 50 with exercise. 

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