Proper body mechanics refers to the way we move as we carry out our day-to-day activities. It includes how we position our bodies when performing tasks and when doing basic things such as sitting, standing, carrying, bending, sleeping and even lifting objects. It involves the way the muscles, skeleton, and the nervous system coordinate to…

People suffering from back pain often think resting is the most effective way to get rid of the pain. Although it may feel good to rest, getting up and moving is best for your back. One important exercise for back pain is abdominal work, but there’s a catch. Core exercises may be causing your back…

We all know back spasms and pain are rampant in developed countries. We’d like to mark back pain into a single category and often look for a single treatment for all types of back pain. Unfortunately, this is a pipe dream. Not only is everyone’s back pain different and coming from various origins, how you interpret…

“The bad news is time flies, the good news is you’re the pilot” -Michael Shulter If you – like millions of Americans – experience chronic low-back pain or pain that shoots down the buttocks while bending forward or exercising, you may have what is known as a herniated disc. Exercising with a herniated disc can…

Many of us are guilty of it. The back starts aching or your hamstrings are tight, so you reach over and touch your toes. You want that deep stretch that eases your back pain and tests your flexibility. But the standing toe touch is not as great as it feels. The move is just a…

Back pain affects more than 3 million Americans a year and can range from a minor nuisance to a major lifestyle disruption. Though many depend on pain medications and even turn to surgery as treatments, effective relief can also be achieved through physical therapy. Many studies have shown that physical therapy can mimic the results…

Back pain is the worst. From dull and achy to stiff and stabbing, back pain can put you down for days. If you aren’t careful, your back pain will keep returning weeks, months, and years later. Back pain is one of the most common ailments and it is the reason why millions of Americans miss…

With any low back pain patient, we undergo a detailed injury history. Sometimes the history of a patient is quick, lasting 10 minutes. Other times, the injury history takes 30 minutes, especially in complicated low back pain cases. I’ll never forget one patient, she had undergone 5 spinal fusions (where they fuse two segments of…

Muscle tightness and restricted lower extremity range of motion (ROM) are common in active individuals and athletics. A number of studies have shown that reduced hip and knee range of motion increases the risk of thigh muscle injuries in sports involving sprinting. At COR, Santa Clara Physical Therapy, we’ve seen poor hip and knee range of…

As I’ve written previously, low back pain is highly common in modernized societies. In fact, as I wrote about in 7 low back pain confusions, America spends ~300 billion dollars annually on low back pain. To alleviate the spending, I tried my best to write a thorough low back pain prevention guide. Now, I’ve received…