“Bodybuilding Sins” That Cause Back Pain and Missed Workouts: Part 3Written by Jesse Cannone CFT, CPRS, CSPN and Steve Hefferon, CMT, CPRS
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This hamstring example is just one of many… muscle imbalances are responsible for nearly every ache, pain, injury and condition out there! Here are a few more examples of injuries / conditions that are caused by muscle imbalances and can easily be prevented and/or eliminated with targeted stretches and exercises: • upper back and neck pain • shoulder injuries (rotator cuff) • elbow and wrist pain (carpal tunnel, tennis/golfer/baseball elbow, etc) • knee pain (runners knee, chondromalacia, ligament tears, etc) • hip pain (IT band syndrome, bursitis, etc) • ankle pain (Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, etc) All of these conditions are caused by muscle imbalances and will NOT go away unless you work towards correcting imbalances… and only way to know for sure which imbalances are causing your pain or injury is to do a series of physical assessments like ones covered in our “Lose Back Pain Video” which is designed for anyone suffering from back pain or sciatica. What heck is a targeted stretch? This is a question we are asked often and here’s definition we give it: Targeted Stretch - a stretch or stretching exercise that is chosen, based on physical assessments, to target a specific muscle or muscle group to increase flexibility and range of motion in that area and bring bones and or joints back towards normal position. When you compare a targeted stretch to general stretches like ones found in Yoga, Pilates and corny ones your doctor, chiropractor or physical therapist gives you, it’s no surprise they give little or no pain relief and almost always fail to get rid of problem. Conclusion Remember, key to eliminating injuries and preventing future ones is to identify what areas you need to target. In next article we’ll be discussing in detail, how to address various injuries like back, hip, knee, and shoulder pain with targeted exercises. In meantime, be sure to read thru all of our detailed Back Pain Articles and if you have questions, please post them in our Discussion Forum. ---------------
Article by Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, CSPN and Steve Hefferon, CMT, CPRS of http://www.losethebackpain.com. If you’ve got back pain or sciatic pain, you’ve gotta check out their website!
“Bodybuilding Sins” That Cause Back Pain and Missed Workouts: Part 4Written by Jesse Cannone CFT, CPRS, CSPN and Steve Hefferon, CMT, CPRS
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So by targeted, we mean exercises that will not just develop muscle strength and size, but more importantly work towards correcting muscle imbalances which will mean less pain and missed workouts, better performance and function, and most of all better and balanced total body development! So How Do You Find Out Which Ones You NEED To be Doing? As we discussed in previous article on “Targeted Stretching”, it’s very important to know before hand what stretches you actually NEED to be doing… same applies to exercises… and ONLY way to find out what specific areas you need to target is to perform physical evaluations so you can pin point weak muscles that need strengthening and tight muscles that need stretching. We have developed a series of simple assessments you can do yourself to identify muscles imbalances you have… and while they are intended for people suffering from back pain or sciatica, as a bodybuilder you stand to benefit greatly because you train so hard, you are far more likely to experience injuries like bulging and herniated discs, rotator cuff tears, knee pain, etc… Plus, even if you don’t have any pain or injuries now, it would be very wise to learn how to assess yourself so you can target your training now before you create an injury, which not only will slow down your training and progress, but it can also become a life-long struggle with pain and a serious loss of your strength, size and fitness. So be sure to check out our website to learn more about how you can quickly and easily identify and eliminate any muscle imbalances you have http://www.losethebackpain.com ---------------
Article by Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, CSPN and Steve Hefferon, CMT, CPRS of http://www.losethebackpain.com. If you’ve got back pain or sciatic pain, you’ve gotta check out their website.