Sometimes people tell me "I thought I would just exercise to strengthen my core muscles and my back pain would go away." Well... sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't.
Imagine pounding a bent nail into a board. Sometimes it goes in straight, but more often the nail bends even more. Exercising on a damaged spine is sometimes like pounding in that bent nail. You might do more damage than good if you are doing the wrong exercises.
To actually be helpful, not only do the exercises have to work with your back instead of against it, but they have to exercise the correct muscles in the proper manner also.
Some muscles are built for great strength, like your arms and legs. But the strength only lasts a relatively short time before the muscle fatigues.
To test this,
try holding a bowling ball in your outstretched arm. How long do you think you can hold it there? Not long I bet. Maybe a few seconds at best.
These muscles are not well suited to hold up the weight of your body.
Now try holding that bowling ball straight up above your head. In that position the weight of the ball is supported directly by the bones of the arm, the muscles have to exert very little force but may hold for a longer period of time.
The muscles that hold you upright in gravity are like this. They may have to last for hours at a time without fatiguing, like when you have to stand in line to vote. Upright posture requires muscles with great endurance. They don't need great strength, but they do need to last a long time.
For these different needs your body uses different types of muscle fibers. This is similar to the muscles in birds. Birds have dark meat (leg muscles) and white meat (wing muscles). While we don't have muscles that are so obviously different as light and dark, we do have muscles with different types of muscle fibers, some contract fast for greater strength and some contract slowly for greater endurance. This difference is what accounts for the difference between muscles that are built for strength, like legs and arms, and muscles that are built for endurance, like your back muscles.
Most spinal rehab programs are focused on strength. They work the spinal muscles as if they were all strength muscles. But the posture muscles are endurance muscles. They are strengthened best by isometric exercise, not repetitive load exercises like situps. Just strengthening them will not correct the posture, it just makes any postural abnormality more ingrained and stubborn to correct.
Our StandUpRight Spinal Rehabilitation Programs are significantly different from other spinal rehab programs because of the use of isometric exercises. Since the spine misaligns and decays mainly due to abnormal postural strains, we use isometric exercises to correct the posture distortions that are responsible for the abnormal load on the damaged areas of the spine.
Twenty minutes of the proper isometric exercise twice per day for several weeks will correct most spinal posture pronblems. When this is done in conjunction
with your spinal decompression program you can reverse the stresses that casued the disc decay in the first place. Then you stand the best chance of restoring your spine to it's original function.
To find out if you are eligible for one of our StandUpRight Disc Decompression and Spinal Rehabilitation Programs, call for a free consultation: 414-355-0433.
You may not need surgery after all!Google