How Does Your Doctor Recommend You Treat Your Lower Back Pain?
I stumbled across a fantastic article this week, while killing time on Facebook! A friend of mine shared it and I thought that the message was one that everyone needed to hear! The article was written by a medical doctor, Jonathon Sullivan, who also happens to be a strength coach. He recommends that all of his older patients participate in what he calls "The Barbell Prescription" to treat their aches and pains, especially lower back pain. He even owns a fitness facility and coaches them how to lift properly and safely!
By now, I am sure that most, if not all, of you have seen our shirts that say:
and I hope that in your interactions with us, you know exactly how much these words mean to us. The ability to move is something that cannot be taken for granted. We all need to work everyday to, at the very least, maintain our normal daily functions as we age, but we should also do everything in our power to reverse the effects of father time. One of the best ways to do this is by implementing a strength training program. The key is in choosing the right program for your and your current health status. Your program does not need to start with heavy squats, but it should probably include some body weight squats. As you get stronger and more comfortable with bodyweight movements, then you can start to add some additional resistance. Please do not sell yourselves short though. If you are anything like most human beings, you will probably underestimate your own strength. Do let yourself fall into this trap.
We, as a species, are strong, robust, resilient individuals who can accomplish great things.
So get out there and take your iron!
Here is an image with a link to the article from Dr. Sullivan that started this whole rant, if you would like to read it.
Movement is my Medicine,
Dr. William "Chip" Bleam