back pain Tag

There are many derivatives of this myth and the simplest response to this is usually “deadlifting is not bad for your back, it is how you are deadlifting that is bad for your back”. The more complex answer however is going to involve explaining some biomechanics and basic anatomy. Forces First of all let’s start with some basic numbers the average lumbar spine load tolerance for shear force is 2500 Newtons (N) and compressive force is 16,000N. The majority of force encountered at the lumbar spine in a deadlift is a shear force. However, there are also compressive forces along the spine...

It has become a common trend over recent times for people to refer to their back as “just going” or “it just went”, but what does this actually mean? As previously discussed, the majority (80%) of incidences of back pain are non-specific in nature, meaning that exact origin and reason for the pain is unknown. Further to the unknown origin of the pain, it is often everyday activities that trigger or exacerbate our pain. For example, picking up the children, unloading the dishwasher and in severe cases simply putting on shoes and socks leads to the feeling that “my back just goes”. But...

Before we answer the question of the article let me first explain the components of the pelvis, or pelvic girdle.   The pelvic girdle is made up of the sacrum, coccyx and the hip bones which are in turn made of the ilium, ischium and pubis. The functions of these structures are the transfer weight from the upper body to the lower body, to provide an enormous amount of attachment sites for various tendons and ligaments and to protect the pelvic viscera. So, as we can hopefully see, the pelvic girdle is a very important part of our anatomy and maintaining its proper...

Musculoskeletal disorders are among the most prevalent long-term illnesses, and account for more pain and disability than any other medical condition. The most commonly reported musculoskeletal complaint is Low Back Pain (LBP). It has been extensively reported that in up to 85% of all cases of low back pain is diagnosed as Non-Specific meaning we do not know why it occurs. There are many risk factors that may predispose people to back pain including but not limited to: Occupational hazards/conditions/postures Genetics Pregnancy An acute injury e.g. a blow to the back   However in many cases back pain can strike without the presence...

  There has been lots of controversy over how much your child’s backpack should weigh.  It is suggested that a child’s schoolbag, irrespective of their age should weigh about 10% of their body weight with a backpack style school bag. When you move your child’s backpack after he or she drops it, does it feel like 20kgs? Maybe they’re complaining about shoulder and back pain? Maybe you've noticed your child struggling to put it on, bending forward while carrying it ?  These could be little signs that your child’s backpack is not suited to your child. A bag that is too heavy can cause...

Do you spend 8-9 hours a day working on a desk? Do you often have lower back pain, shoulder pain, or neck pain at the end of the day? [caption id="attachment_7170" align="alignright" width="378"] Credit: University of Western Australia[/caption]   There is growing evidence that there needs to be suppleness in the way we sit at computer workstations. While there is not one correct way to sit at a workstation, seating should support postures that can be changed frequently within a comfortable range throughout the day. It should accommodate the: work being done visual demands workers’ individual differences.   Every individual should trial different positions to work the...

Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Kitty Chao, busts the myth around 'spot reduction' and questions whether sit-ups do more harm than good.   The mentality that the fitness industry has blanketed over the general population has caused a lot of people to think that there is such thing as ‘spot reduction’. Spot reduction refers to the fallacy that fat can be targeted for reduction from a specific area of the body and that it can be achieved through exercise of specific muscles in the desired area, such as exercising the abdominal muscles in an effort to lose weight in or around one's midsection. This ties in with...

They say that there's nothing that a good walk can't fix. And when it comes to exercise, that may not be too far from the truth.   It's the oldest form of exercise and an easy and effective way to improve overall health. Check out Exercise Right's top 3 benefits of walking for exercise that you may not know about.   1.    Improves Postural Control and reduces the risk of falls   An inability to control rapid movement of the head or trunk increases the possibility for falls, particularly in the elderly. With age there is often deterioration in the speed at which visual and neuromuscular signals are sent to...

  Neck pain is a growing problem with the infiltration of technological advances: resulting in increased incidents of neck pain and injuries and wreaking havoc to people’s quality of life.   It has been widely accepted for some time now the increased health risk of desk jobs resulting in prolonged sitting, but the damage doesn't stop there. The practice of staring at a mobile phone or tablet is becoming so commonplace that even children are often encouraged by parents to “play games” on a handheld device exposing them to the dangers of “text neck” from a very young age. 'Text Neck' and neck pain are becoming more...

Studies indicate that 60-70% of individuals are likely to experience non-specific low back pain at some point during their lives.   Unfortunately, low back pain symptoms often present after many years of sustained damage and stress to the lumbar spine. Through creation of good habits and rejection of poor ones, low back pain can largely be prevented. Lower back pain is one of the primary complaints in the clinical setting. Often it’s thrown in as an aside, as if it’s a given. “Oh, and my back hurts too.” After a little investigation it’s easy to identify several issues that likely contribute to the...