Sitting, posture, exercize and back pain

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Sitting, posture, exercize and back pain

Post by Jungledoc » Sun Jun 20, 2010 2:48 am

I have noticed a few things that Bret Contreras has written. His articles on the glutes are full of new, useful and well-supported information.

Now I've come across this: Puppies in Vices: The Deleterious Effects of Sitting

This is a rather long summary, crammed with information, and references to research papers or to published summaries, rather than any detailed discussion of the research. It's kind of like having a month's supply of food dumped on you at once. I'll have to read it again, probably several times.

It reinforced much of what I already believe about the lumbar spine and about low back pain, including the importance of training the "core" to resist movement, rather than to increase ROM, the importance of good posture and good posture habits, and the importance of mobility at the segments above and below the lumbar spine.

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Post by KPj » Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:46 am

I really like his stuff as well. Thought this was a great read and a very in depth summary of all the crap your lower back can go through when other joints in your body aren't up to much. It's unusual to get so many references in a blog post, too!

Take home points for me include:

-Get strong glutes

-Move around more

-Stop doing sit ups

-Don't stretch the lower back

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Post by TimD » Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:36 am

Excellent read Doc. It explains a lot. Now that I'm retired, I've been supplementing by driving a cab, which usually means sitting for 12 hrs/day, 5 or 6 days week. I don't have the low back pain so much, but do get a REALLY sore butt (tightness in the hip flexors).. What I've found to combat this is I keep a pair of DB's and a KB with me and in between trips, I have to get out and do some swings, cleans or snatches to "loosen up". I'm going to read deeper into that article and check out his recommendations as well.
Great post, TKS
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Post by Jason Nunn » Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:04 am

Great read. Part of what I do is on-site fitness and wellness programs for companies and I've worked with both blue collar and white collar workers on this. The white collar workers tend to have the anterior tilt mentioned as well as a forward head and protracted shoulders. I've noticed that the blue collar workers have the opposite. I will typically see posterior tilted pelvis and with the same protracted shoulders and forward head.

So:
White Collar = desk job and anterior tilt (J-Lo butt)
Blue Collar = on feet all day and posterior tilt (flat back, no butt)

Both cases usually have forward head and protracted shoulders. Just my observations.

Martin Rooney had a similiar article on EFS that went more into obesity and processed foods. He says the human race is weeding itself out. Here's the link

http://articles.elitefts.com/articles/i ... manifesto/

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Post by stuward » Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:10 am

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Post by Jungledoc » Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:15 am

It's a Swiss ball on a cute little base! We should all have them. And just 161 Aussie dollars!

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