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McKenzie System

Having a firm roll to support the natural curve in the lower back is a key way to prevent slouching in essentially any kind of chair.  Use it by keeping your butt close to the back, and pushing the roll down as far as it will go, then just relax back around it.  Initially it might feel intrusive since you aren't sued to it, but it's a feel you'll come to love! https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2018/7/27/17621974/lebron-james-lakers-lumbar-back-fashion-summer-2018 At Elevation Physiotherapy & Wellness, we love the lumbar...

It is surprising to many people to learn that your back muscles are likely not the cause or driver behind back pain.  Your brain recognizes that pain is not normal and can go into "protective" mode and the muscles can spasm or not work normally as a result, but they are not often the cause of the issue.  Check out this video below to explain more: [video width="400" height="224" mp4="http://elevation-physio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Video-4-Back-muscles-are-not-weak.mp4"][/video]...

We all know that there isn't likely one movement or exercise that is appropriate for everyone, but the "sloppy" push up can be helpful for many people.  People tend to sit slouched and spend WAY too much time with their spine rounded forward, so this is a nice movement to get out of that, and nothing you happen to do in your day puts your back near there unless you make a point of it! Remember, the "sloppy" push up should...

An interesting article where I both wholeheartedly agree and don't agree: the researchers report that "the best form of exercise is the one that you are going to stick with". Exercise in the form of general movement is generally fantastic, but often there are specific directions/ movements that could actually help repair the problem-- read more  If this interests you, you will find the blog from July to be a great read. View original article:  www.scientificamerican.com  ...

In a previous blog, I was mentioning the McKenzie System of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) and outlined what a “directional preference” is: the assessor is trying to determine if the person with back pain has one direction of movement that they can do repeatedly that will consistently decrease their pain or increase their movement. There is a huge and growing area of research dedicated to the McKenzie system, and I want to outline perhaps my favourite study of back pain...

Physiotherapists often use a method of assessing and treatment called the McKenzie Method for people who have back pain and physical limitations-- I highly recommend you check out information from their website here. In a nutshell, The McKenzie Institute International began several decades ago with Robin McKenzie, a Physiotherapist in New Zealand who developed a new way of assessment and treatment in the 1950s and advanced this thinking over the next several decades. It focuses on a thorough examination of...