Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Do you have Back Pain?

I was reading through a recent forum post on and found some interested statistics, that Coach Boyle shared and thought I'd share them with you. Did you know, According to the Back Pain Facts & Statistics put out by the American Chiropractic Association, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time.1

A few other interesting facts about back pain:

  • One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.2
  • Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
  • Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis , infection, fracture or cancer.
  • Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.3
  • Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.4

The day to day grind of our lives takes a toll on our bodies. Some people sit too much, some stand all day and some do the same small task, all day, every day. These repetitive patterns are, whether moving or not, are contributors to your pain.

This is the reason I'm opposed to performing any possible movement that reinforce those overuse patterns. For example, crunches, sit ups or rotational abdonimal work fall into this category. The abdominals were designed to prevent flexion, extension and rotation. We need to train them that way. If we continue to flex and extend the spine, It WILL break at some point. I refuse to put my clients, or anyone I work with, in jeopardy of being a statistic.

Your training regimen should be specifically designed to help you move and perform better. It should also off set the repetitive and overuse patterns that you do every day.

Don't be a statistic. If you have any questions or need some assistance with your performance or fitness program, stop in at MVP Performance Training at 820 SE 1st Street McMinnville, OR 97128.

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