14Mar, 2016

Reverse Plank

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Who should do Reverse Plank? Everyone- It is important to build back and glute muscles as much as core muscles People with low back pain People who sit all day Athletes looking to switch up their routine How to do Reverse Plank Begin seated with legs out in front of you. Place your arms at your side with fingers facing towards feet or slightly outward. Squeeze your abdominals and raise your pelvis into the air until you make a straight line with your body. Keep head in line with body, […]
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9Feb, 2016

Bird Dog

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Who should do Bird Dog? The best thing about the bird dog exercise is that it is safe for everyone! It builds a strong core to support your spine while keeping your low back stable and safe. It can also tell you a lot about where you are weak. For example, if lifting an arm is harder your upper back maybe need more work. If lifting a leg is harder, your lower back needs work. If you fall to the side when you try to lift both, your glutes will […]
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8Feb, 2016

Low Back Pain Exercises Everyone Should be Doing

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Low back pain affects at least 80% of people at some point in their lives. It is considered a leading cause of disability by the World Health Organization. It is usually recurrent and the cause can be difficult to diagnose. WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR YOUR LOW BACK PAIN? These stretches are safe for everyone. If you have low back pain or want to prevent yourself from getting low back pain, you can start with some simple exercises and stretches that work on the muscles associated with keeping your pelvis […]
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2Feb, 2016

The Clam Shell

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Who should do this exercise? Athletes looking to move more efficiently People who sit many hours in a day People with hip, knee, or low back pain Why strengthen my glutes if I have low back pain? Every area in your body is related to the other areas. If your glutes don’t activate properly or if they grow weak from sitting a lot and not being used, they are asking your low back to double its workload in order to keep functioning. This causes low back pain. Your low back […]
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25Jan, 2016

Glute Activation- Are your glutes causing your back pain?

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Who should do glute activation exercises? Athletes of all kinds, especially those looking to build power and strength People who sit many hours in a day People with hip, knee, or low back pain   Why do I need to activate my glutes? The muscles around your hip all have different jobs. Some are responsible for small movements and others are responsible for big powerful movements. When your glute muscles aren’t firing properly, the other muscles attempt to do the job for them. These muscles become overworked and can cause […]
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11Jan, 2016

Cat Camel Spine Stretch

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Who should do cat camel? Everyone because it is a full spine stretch that is great for general stiffness and midback tightness… who does not have that? The cat camel stretch is safe to do when you are stiff, sore or even recovering from an injury. As with most stretches or exercises, only do what feels best for your body. If you experience sharp pain or anything more than mild discomfort you may need to limit how much you move or see your doctor for advice before continuing this stretch. […]
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10Jan, 2016

How to Foam Roll Your IT Band

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Who should foam roll their IT Band? Runners, or sports that include running Dancers People with hip, knee, or low back pain What is an IT Band? Your IT Band is a thick band of connective tissue that connects a muscle in your hip to your knee. The important parts to roll out are mostly located in your hip and glute area. How to foam roll your IT Band So your chiropractor, physical therapist, coach or trainer told you to roll out your IT Band? You’re probably wondering what an […]
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2Dec, 2015

Hanging Christmas Lights Making You Feel Not So Jolly?

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For many, the holiday season begins right after Thanksgiving. The lights are hung, Christmas trees go up, decorations appear around town and the familiar songs start playing on the radio stations. In stores, the shelves are stocked and lines are long with everyone checking off their gift lists. While the holidays are often a time of joy, they can also bring some aches and back pain with them. Here are some ways you may experience some discomfort this December: • Cold weather can make you feel achy and tired. It […]
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2Dec, 2015

Brugger’s Posture Exercise

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Who should do Brugger’s Anyone who sits at a desk all day texts or plays on a phone a lot carries children thinks they have bad posture How to do Brugger’s Roll your shoulders back and down, keeping them away from your ears. From this position, squeeze your shoulder blades together toward your spine, as if you are trying to get them to touch. 3 sets of 10, repeat 3x daily. Why do Brugger’s strengthens the under worked muscles in your back helps to eliminate upper back pain like pressing […]
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2Dec, 2015

Door Frame Shoulder Stretch

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Who should do this door frame stretch? Anyone who sits at a desk all day texts or plays on a phone a lot carries children thinks they have bad posture How to do a door frame stretch Place your hands on both sides of a door frame above your head. Take small steps forward until you feel a stretching feeling across your chest. Why stretch in a door frame? This will stretch out your pec muscles which are tight after sitting all day. This is one of several stretches in […]
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