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Lower back pain management from a San Diego personal trainers perspective

Posted Jan 02 2014 8:21pm

With over 13 years as a San Diego Personal Fitness Trainer whose niche is working with Special populations , seeing spine related problems is common practice. With my medical background as a Physician Assistant , I have learned to effectively help individuals manage back problems and greatly eliminate nerve related spine pain.  I have learned that identifying the root of the problems is the optimal way for me to navigate my approach to help people.

In due time we all will experience a lower back spasm or muscle lock up. The initial reaction is to do nothing, and crawl our way into a bed in hopes of relief. Although this may initially provide relief, the pain will return as soon as you stand up. To better manage your spine discomfort, it is important to understand the mechanism that created the lower back problem to begin with.

1. Mechanical strain and stress - The lower back  is subject to the weight of the upper body which overloads the lower back. With age, intervetebral discs shrink and wear away. This is known as degenerative disc disease.

2. Herniated Disc –  The lower back places pressure on the nerve that travels down the spinal column. This condition commonly causes pain to radiate or travel down the leg. This condition is also referred to as Sciatica .

3. Disc Tear -  The jelly like spacer in between the bony vertebra have torn due to trauma

4. Spondylolisthesis - Sloppy movements of vertebral bones which grind against each other. This is a result of normal wear and tear as we age.

5. Spinal Stenosis - Narrowing of the spinal canal which surrounds the spinal cord. Bone spurs press into the spinal cord nerve causing pain.

6. Scoliosis – Abnormal curvature of the spine shaped like an S. This condition also causes back pain.

There are some easy ways to alleviate lower back pain:

1. If you smoke. Kick the habit for all the obvious reasons, and yes this will reduce back pain.

2. Practice good posture when sitting at a desk, stand up straight without rounding your shoulders, and lift objects with your legs not with your back!

3. Do core exercises that strengthen back and abdominal muscles.

4. Fight that reflexive reaction to want to crawl into bed when your back pain strikes. Its better to use your body, versus establishing a pattern of muscle misuse!

5. Find a personal fitness trainer with high levels of spine rehab and pain management skills to help you along. Somagenesis Health and Fitness of San Diego, CA has the best personal fitness trainers with Medical back grounds to help you with your spine related problems.  go to the   somagenesis web site and submit a “contact form”  for your first consultation.

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