Let’s talk about hamstring stretching...
The hamstrings are a large muscle group running up the back of the thigh that attach below the knee and to the base of the pelvis. Hamstring mobility is so important because walking, core stability, and the ability to get on and off the floor all depend on the positioning of the pelvis. Tight hamstrings (caused by lots of time spent sitting) keep the pelvis in a tucked position that is not great for optimal pelvic and core health.
There are several different ways in which the hamstrings can be stretched. The most common one we see is the forward bend.
There is more than one way to perform a forward bend, however the point of a hamstring stretch is to change the length of the hamstrings. Therefore movement should be from the pelvis and not the spine.
A compensation we commonly see for tight hamstrings is an excessive rounding of the spine (picture 1). In this scenario, the spine is being over-stretched while there is not much...
Have you considered getting an MRI as the missing piece of the puzzle in finally living a life without back pain?
Unfortunately, this is the sentiment we hear far too often from our clients living with chronic low back pain. The longer the pain continues, the more strongly you might consider an MRI as the best option.
Imaging is recommended so often for a variety of medical conditions that we've become conditioned to believe imaging findings will finally give us an idea of what is going on and what we should do about it.
But, what if we told you all of this imaging has the potential to cause more harm than good?
Don't get us wrong, there is most definitely a time and a place where imaging is critical, but for general chronic low back pain research found starting with an MRI is often more harmful than it is helpful.
Surprised? So were the researchers who were discovering the potential harm in our healthcare system's practice of ordering imaging for every...
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With our society becoming more unhealthy as a whole each year, movement professionals find ourselves pressed to reframe the discussion around health, wellness, and movement. We all understand the benefits of exercise, yet adhering to an exercise routine tends to be a completely different story. The most important conversation we have with new clients is discussing their physical activity history. This gives us a clear picture on how set our clients up for success in their health and wellness goals. One of the most common reasons we hear for a history of not sticking to an exercise routine is lack of time. The guilt and shame associated with not going to the gym creates a further aversion to exercise, becoming a vicious cycle.
But what if we told you there is a way to get healthier that does not involve...