Mar 01, 2010 / by corematters / No Comments

Do you have an aching back?
According to the National Institute of Health, you’re not alone.
” Nearly everyone–80% of Americans–at some point has back pain that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation.
Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain, the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work.  Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States – only headache is more common.”

What can you do about it?
Basically, you choose one of 2 paths:  eliminate the cause, or eliminate the pain.

I ran into a friend last week who had back surgery, and I was inspired to finally launch the program I’ve been  tinkering with the past month:  Back on Track.

Too many people come into the studio with their backs outta whack.  Not in pain.  Just no mobility, no strength, no flexibility.  And that imbalance will most certainly produce pain eventually.   So since folks are already motivated to come here and work-out, I figure we might as well produce some back balance.

Think about it.  If you sit all day–in any sort of chair, a car, a couch–or if you’re on your feet all day–essentially, you’re trapped in one position.  But your body was made to move, in every direction.  Wherever you’re trapped, that’s the shape your  muscles assume.  You’re tight here, stretched out there–instead of being balanced, as designed.  So what does the body do?  It adapts.  And if you stay in the shape long enough, your skeleton will change its alignment, and the way you carry yourself will change.  You may be leaning on your right leg all day, as I’ve noticed I do every time I open the refridgerator.  Why?  Dunno.  Maybe I had a fridge once that created that habit.  But I don’t remember.

The point is, sooner rather than later, you’ll be outta whack.

So if you hit a gym or take up a fitness program, be sure it includes back work.  And lots of it.  Aim for your back to be as strong and as flexible as your front.  Though your front side is a whole ‘nother story….