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MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

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What’s behind you, and will be soon?

What’s behind you, and will be soon?

Did anyone figure out the riddle in the title? Well, it’s behind you. And hopefully the pain that plagues you in this area, will as well, soon.  It’s your back I’m referring to, particularly, your lower back…….

It’s hard to imagine that anyone over about 15 years old hasn’t had at least a couple of days with a bad back in their life. It’s a daily complaint with my athletes and I’ve seen people time and time again through my personal training and therapeutic work that suffer back pain.

Why is this area so sensitive?

Well spend a few seconds looking in the mirror. Stand in your normal posture. If you look carefully you’ll notice one shoulder is lower than the other. And if you were to look from the side you’d probably notice you’re leaning forward from the ankles with a head that juts forward. If you don’t look like this you’ll be jutting your hips forwards. Both postures will almost certainly be joined by chronically internally rotated shoulders.

So why does this affect the back?

Well, if your have a low right shoulder, you’re probably putting more weight on the right foot. This tightens fascia down that leg and the right side of your torso, due to the constant compression and load that is being dealt with on that side. This imbalance in length from right to left with tilt the pelvis unevenly. It’s not uncommon to have one side in what’s called an anterior pelvic tilt and the other, neutral or even slightly posteriorly tilted. This twist in the pelvis places imbalanced forces on the spine which over time, start to cause dysfunction and wear.

Similarly negative factors will be taken by the lower back and the area that is often the most painful, the sacro-iliac joint, by all the incorrect postures I mentioned earlier.

Lots of therapy people pay for focuses directly on the area of pain. Treating locally may cause brief relief, but without fixing root problems. If the person described above continues to lean right the lower back will stay bad. In fact the localized treatment may even allow muscles that are holding tight for a reason (and in a protective fashion), to loosen and actually worsen the pain suffered as a result.

So what should happen?

The therapist should make a full assessment of your entire structure.  These assessments should then be put in line with movement patterns and only then can you see why an injury has occurred.

Tight hips are a common cause of bad backs. And that can be caused by something as innocuous as an immobile big toe. So a full treatment for that bad back would include some work on the feet in an instance like this.

The client should lastly be provided with suitable exercises and self treatment techniques that they can do at home or in their normal gym to reinforce the god work the therapist did in the hour they had with the client.

If you suffer with a bad back, it may be an easier fix than you think. There are appointments available with both Connell and myself at our new performance centre in Bath. Get in contact on 07830312844 or dan@dancossins.com or use the contact form. 

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