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Fix Your Back Pain Using the A, B, C s

KAWARTHA LAKES-85% of working Canadians will experience lower back pain at some point in their career. We see so many people with lower back pain in the studio and in many cases, it is preventable!

I have found in my practice that the biggest culprit of lower back pain is inactivity and sitting too much.
So if you are sitting for 8 hours per day and only moving for one hour, that just won’t cut it in preventing your lower back pain! You must move more of yourself more often!
Joseph Pilates said “if you are stiff at 30, you are old. If you are flexible at 60, you are young” and this is true! More flexible and strong bodies are optimally functioning bodies.
So what are the A, B, C’s of back pain?
1.) Be ACTIVE more often
If you are stuck at a desk all day, or have a long commute, then this is even more important to schedule in to your day. Give yourself frequent “get up and stretch” breaks. Touch your toes, twist your spine, and do a runner’s lunge. Take a walk on your lunch break and after work. Break activities up in to small chunks of you need to but make sure you move often!
2.) Achieve BALANCE in the Body
How strong is a certain muscle group relative to its opposing muscle group? As long as there is a good balance, you are on the right track! To simplify, if one muscles group is weak and tight and the opposing muscle group is stronger, it will pull the body out of alignment. Poor alignment leads to pain and injury so find balance!
3.) Move with a strong, flexible and functional CORE
What am I referring to when I talk about the core? I am talking about the many muscles of your trunk- from your sternum to your pubic bone and all around your torso. Joseph Pilates called this “The powerhouse”. All athletes know that power is generated from the core!
Core strengthening exercises are only part of the picture- a good part-but only part.
Pilates teaches you awareness and precision and just overall better movement patterns. This will transfer over to ALL movements in life.
So forget about mindless repetition. You must focus on moving mindfully and moving with quality and control.
Because Pilates is rich with movement diversity: flexion, extension, twisting, etc it will help your body to excel at performing many activities and movements in different patterns. It kind of sets a framework or blueprint for your body and creates the foundation of healthy mindful movement and balance.

So, to achieve a long lasting, painless lifestyle, remember your ABCs! Be ACTIVE, achieve BALANCE, and work your CORE!

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Becky Sheehey is a Holistic Health Coach, and a Pilates and Movement Expert with a background in Kinesiology. She lives in Lindsay.

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Becky Sheehey
Becky Sheehey is a Holistic Health Coach, and a Pilates and Movement Expert with a background in Kinesiology. She lives in Lindsay.

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