Back Pain Prevention - Ep 35 - Made Fit TV Video

If you are someone who wants to take preventative measures in caring for your back, check out this week's new Made Fit TV episode. I address the key elements that can be controlled in your favor in keeping your back healthy and pain-free. Print...
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Jennifer DiDonato: Hello! Welcome to another wonderful episode of MadeFitTV. I'm your host Jennifer DiDonato and this is episode number 35. MadeFitTV is everyone's source for health and fitness information and entertainment, just in case you didn't know. Today's episode is a very, very important topic that I want to talk about, because I have been getting, over the past few months, email after email about back problems, and one in particular that kind of prompted me to do this episode, because I have been wanting so much for a long time now but Dreg Valentine also known as Adam, he is from Louisville Kentucky, he emailed me and said, he doesn't have a gym membership, right now times are tough just with the economy and everything, everyone feels it. And he has got a lot of back problem, got some back issues. He is not sure how to strengthen his back. So I wanted to develop this episode to back pain prevention. That is what today is about. And I just want to put it out there right now. I'm not a doctor, and even if I were I cannot diagnose any back issues or give you any specific suggestions as to isolated problems with back, because there are so many different types of back problems ranging from cervical, thoracic to lumbar region. You have bulging disc, you have sciatic nerve issue or so many different -- degenerative disc. So there are lot of different issues here and a lot it is related to other things that you maybe doing in your day to day life. So just want to tell you that please consult your doctor if you have any specific and serious problems with your back. But today is just about back pain prevention, the simple things you can do everyday to make sure that you're keeping your back nice and strong and also preventing any injuries or any pain. Now big contributors to back pain and we can put this up along the side Chris, for the notes, so people know is that the causes for back pain and injuries, some of it is genetics, sometimes they are just predisposed, maybe a little bit Scoliosis, another is misuse. If you haven't been in the gym in a while and you lift up a heavy weight and you're lifting it improperly, you're going to throw your back out. And also, overuse as well, if you are doing too many repetitive movements over and over again, wear and tear on the back, and then also of course a sedentary lifestyle, sitting at a computer, I know lot of us do it, me Twitter. So we want to make sure that you're not injuring yourself. Some of us are sitting at computers for ten hours a day, so that's doing damage to your back possibly, so you want to address that. Now, back injuries like I said, they involve the bones because of any Scoliosis. They also involve muscles, nerves, joints. That's why there's a plethora of different injuries that I can't just address all in one question and in one answer. So we're going to touch on some things right now. Now, it involves flexibility, I'm going to start first, flexibility is really important in maintaining a straight back, and also preventing injury. So flexibility, you can put this up along the side, that's the number one thing we want to work on. I'm going to show you some stuff. First of all, I am going to take a stability ball and this is called, and you can even do this at your desk at work. This is called a lower back chair stretch with a pull. So I'm just going to sit on the stability ball, so just going to sit upright, back, nice and straight, bring your legs about 90 degrees out. I want your feet to be parallel to each other and about hip width apart and you're just going to come down, bring your head to your legs and clasp your hands underneath and round your back and then I want you to pull up. Now, what this pulling up is doing is that this is also stretching the upper back. So you're stretching the lower back by rounding and now you're stretching your upper back by pulling and create some resistance. So that's just loosening up the tight muscles, especially, if y

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