Our Blog - Page 3 of 8 - DSM Spine + Sport

Low Back Pain and Front Planks

Dr. Brooks Newton Articles

The lumbar spine needs stability.

When it lacks in stability, low back pain often follows.

One factor associated with lumbar spine stability is abdominal strength.

A great strategy and exercise for improving abdominal strength is the Front plank.

Check out this week’s Movement Monday video highlighting the front plank for low back pain.


Low back pain – Core Strength

Dr. Brooks Newton Articles

A few week’s back we outline four areas of dysfunction that we commonly find with our patients that are experiencing low back pain.

  1. Poor hip mobility
  2. Limited abdominal strength/facilitation
  3. Poor thoracic spine mobility
  4. Limited dynamic neuromuscular control

Over the past four weeks, we outlined strategies for improving hip mobility in our Movement Monday videos.

This week we’re transitioning to the abdomen (core).

The musculature of the abdomen plays a critical role in maintaining lumbar stability. Without appropriate abdominal activation, the lumbar spine is prone to instability (it moves too much) and can result in a person experiencing low back pain.

In this week’s Movement Monday Dr. Jon reviews one of his ‘go-to’ strategies for improving abdominal activation – the Dead Bug.

 


Low back pain – Hip Adductors

Dr. Brooks Newton Articles

Over the last three week’s we’ve highlighted strategies for improving hip mobility that is associated with low back pain. We’ve broken the hip down into different quadrants to promote a systematic strategy.

  1. Anterior – psoas and rectus femoris muscles
  2. Posterior – bicep femoris (hamstrings), gastrocneus and soleus (calves) muscles
  3. Lateral – glute musculature
  4. Medial – addcutors musculature

The adductors of the hip are a commonly forgotten region of the hip. Most of the patients that present to our office know that have either tight hamstrings or hip flexors (psoas mm), but very few are aware of the role the adductors play in low back pain. Dysfunction with the adductors can limited lumbar spine stability, promote an anterior pelvic position, and limit the ability to externally rotate at the hip during any squatting or bending.

Adductors of the hip

Adductors of the hip

This week will mark our last hip mobility video before we transition to addressing abdominal core strength.

Check out this week’s Movement Monday video as we outline a three strategies for improving a hip mobility limitation associated with low back pain within the medial hip in adductors.

  • Foam Roller Adductor Smash
  • Wall Eagle
  • Wall Squat

 

#GETBETTERFASTER #DESTROYPAIN #LIVEPAINFREE


Low Back Pain – Lateral Hip – Movement Monday

Dr. Brooks Newton Articles

We’re continuing the theme of low back pain associated with poor hip mobility.

In this week’s Movement Monday video Dr. Jon outlines two foam roller techniques for the hip. Specifically, the musculature of the lateral hip.

  • Gluteus muscles
    • Glute max
    • Glute medius
    • Glute minimus
  • As well as the musculature highlighted in the following diagram:

 

Lateral Hip Musculature associated with low back pain.

Lateral Hip Musculature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy this week’s video!!

#GETBETTERFASTER #DESTROYPAIN #LIVEPAINFREE


Low Back Pain – Anterior Hip – Movement Monday

Dr. Brooks Newton Articles

We’re back at it talking low back pain!

In last week’s video and post, we talked about how the low back (lumbar spine) loves stability.

The lumbar spine is unable to properly stabilize when a person has deficits in one of the following four areas:

  • Hip mobility
  • Abdominal core strength
  • Thoracic spine mobility
  • Dynamic neuromuscular control

 

Last week’s video outlined about a strategy for addressing a loss of hip mobility, specifically within the posterior chain of the hip.

This week I’m outlining a strategy for a hip mobility loss correclated to low back pain within the anterior hip, specifically to the psoas and rectus femoris muscles.

Psoas

Psoas

Rectus femoris muscle

Rectus femoris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy!

And please pass this info onto anyone you know experiencing low back pain or have them request an appointment at one of our two clinic locations!

 

At DSM Spine+Sport our mission is for our patients to get better faster. We strive to destroy pain and facilitate function as quickly as we can. We have no interest in making life long patients. Through the use of hands-on techniques we are able to destroy pain which allows our patients to live pain free.

Movement Monday’s are a way for us to provide information and education to allow others to also live pain free.

#GETBETTERFASTER #DESTROYPAIN #LIVEPAINFREE


Low Back Pain – Posterior Chain – Movement Monday

Dr. Brooks Newton Articles

I’m going to start off by apologizing. This post is going to get a bit lengthy because we’re diving deep into the topic of low back pain. This is a subject that is very near and dear to my heart and my clinical practice! 🙂

Low back pain

Read More


Runner’s Knee – Movement Monday

Dr. Jon Roed Articles

Runner’s knee. A diagnosis so common in runners, it got it’s own name. Read More


Achilles Tendinitis – Movement Monday

Dr. Brooks Newton Articles

We’re continuing with the theme of common runner’s injuries with this week’s Movement Monday. This week I’m talking heel pain, specifically achilles injuries:

– Achilles tendinitis

– Achilles tendinosis

I’m also talking about the concept of tissue slack. A loss of tissue slack of tissue extensibility function (i.e. tight muscles) leads to increased irritation, pull, and angry tissues. Read More


Movement Monday – Shin Splints

Dr. Jon Roed Articles

At DSM Spine+Sport our mission is for our patients to get better faster. We strive to destroy pain and facilitate function as quickly as we can. We have no interest in making life long patients. Through the use of hands-on techniques we are able to destroy pain which allows our patients to live pain free.

Movement Monday’s are a way for us to provide information and education to allow others to also live pain free.

#GETBETTERFASTER #DESTROYPAIN #LIVEPAINFREE

Shin pain is an all too common complaint in the running world. That shin pain is typically diagnosed as shin splints.

In this week’s Movement Monday video, I tackle shin splints.


Movement Monday – Plantar Fasciitis

Dr. Brooks Newton Articles

We’ve taken a bit of a hiatus over the last few months, but Movement Monday’s are back!

This week we’re talking plantar fasciitis the #1 cause of heel pain. Or more accurately, plantar fasciosis.

Plantar fasciitis is differentiated from plantar fasciosis based on its lack of inflammation.

– Plantar fasciits = acute inflammation

– Plantar fasciosis = degenerative condition (no inflammation)

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen an influx of runners with heel pain. Most of these runners assume they have plantar fasciitis and subsequently are icing and resting.

Read More