Health Related Fitness.
Health Related Fitness Components to Prevent Back and Neck Pain.A health related fitness programme - that's what you need!
That's the answer my clients get when they ask: "So, how can I prevent my back and neck pain from re-occurring?" They have experienced (often excruciating) back and neck pain, been through the mobility treatments - and now want to make sure that they stay pain-free in the future.
The key to the prevention of back and neck pain is a balanced fitness programme. The majority of back pain patients that I see are either quite unfit OR they focus too much attention on one aspect of fitness rather than having a balanced approach to all the various aspects required for overall fitness.
A simple example of this came through my door recently. He was a young man who ran thirty miles a week and his lower back was beginning to give him pain. After a detailed assessment, we realised that he NEVER stretched his muscles over the years he had been running. This was the main cause of his lower back pain. If he had stretched more regularly his back pain may not have occurred.
The message is simple. You must address all aspects of fitness in order to be truly fit! Strength, flexibility, diet and posture are some of the important aspects of fitness required to prevent back and neck pain. All back pain patients that I see have various degrees of muscle imbalance. This is where some of the muscles in your body are weak and others too tight. Weak muscles can alone be the reason for your back and neck pain. Commonly, your stomach muscles will be weak if you have lower back pain. To get rid of your back pain forever you would need to strengthen your stomach muscles, and stretch your tight muscles. Then, with professional guidance, you need to embark on your overall fitness programme.
So you might ask what is the ideal fitness programme for the prevention of neck and back pain? Of course, there is no one answer. Here are some components of a fitness programme that I share with my own clients:
Prevention is better than cure! So, get out there and address all aspects of fitness.
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