We’re back with a new series of videos that I’m really excited about. Each one includes a simple movement that has proven to be highly effective for relieving back pain.
The overwhelming majority of my patients come to me first because of back pain (I mean, why else would you call a chiropractor?), but more often than not, we find that their back pain is related to another problem that you would never have thought of – things like asthma, Crohn’s Disease, and infertility.
At the same time, we often find out that the back pain they came in for is a symptom of a larger problem – a structural problem. This series of exercises really highlights that side of the equation.
In this case, we are addressing over-tightened leg muscles, especially around the thighs, hips, and glutes. As part of your core, these muscle bundles form an intricate network with the other core muscle groups, providing the right balance of tension to keep your spine, hips, and organs in placed. The upper leg muscles get an incredible amount of use and abuse every day, and it’s easy to form habits that cause these muscles to develop incorrectly. If you walk with a limp to overcompensate for pain, it can put unbalanced tension on these muscles. If you often lift heavy objects with incorrect posture, it can injure or strain these muscles. If you overexert these muscles without doing proper stretches (I’m especially thinking of young athletes who don’t get adequate warm-up training), you can cause these muscles to grow out of balance. Just like the tires on your car, you want these muscles to be aligned and balanced.
For this series, I’m using a couple of large foam rollers that are available at most sporting goods stores. I talk more about them in the video. There were some questions that came up after the last video, and I want to make sure you’re clear on what these rollers are.
But just like I said last time, these exercises are not for the faint of heart. Releasing the tension in these muscle groups will open up the nerve channels woven through the leg muscle bundles, and they will send your brain signals that might be unpleasant at first. I encourage you to press through the initial sensitivity to get to the release you came for.
Thanks for being here with me today. I hope to see you for “Wellness Wednesday.”
“At the end of your feelings is NOTHING. At the end of your principles is a PROMISE.” — Eric Thomas