The Movement Movement

Sunday 11 December 2016

For the past 8 years, Kelsey has been dealing with on-going lower back issues. Specialists have informed Kelsey that this is due to a bulging disk in her spine. 

For the past 8 years, the main rehabilitation focus for Kelsey has been core stability and core strength, with no improvements. It has become ‘normal’ for pain to be a part of Kelsey’s day, and she has reached a point where she feels like hope is gone, and lower back pain will forever be her reality. 

This pain, although non-debilitating, has serious effects on her daily living. Especially exercise, failing to squat, lunge, or pick things up without pain. These are things that each and everyone of us were designed to do, commonly known as movement. 

In only 4 sessions with Kelsey, she is already making big strides, squatting and lunging PAIN FREE!!! For Kelsey, this is massive. Although this is a massive achievement for Kelsey, it is something we will be focusing on for a little while longer. I want this way of moving to become a habit for her, a thoughtless act that will allow her to carry out day-to-day tasks that so many of us take for granted. 

In recent research, I have been looking at the contributors to lower back pain, and the ways around managing and fixing the problem. I have found that the most recent studies have shown there is no correlation between core stability and improvements in lower back pain – the evidence is out dated and quite simply inconclusive. In fact, there are calls for health professionals to recommend functional based movements such as walking, even squatting and lunging as an alternative to core strengthening for the treatment of lower back pain.

It is important to point out that there are a number of variables here – birth defects/illnesses, injuries or severe trauma can dictate differently to what is being said, however, that is for another day. It is shown that up to 90% of abnormalities in the spine are in fact normal and if we were all scanned, it is highly likely that we will all have an abnormality show up. In a nutshell, it is normal to be abnormal. The key to overcoming the majority of lower back injuries is to move, eat well, and have a clear mind. There are a number of variables involved with treating pain of any kind, and it is important to learn that PAIN DOES NOT ALWAYS MEAN THERE IS SOMETHING STRUCTURALLY WRONG with you and your body. 

Through out Kelsey’s journey with us at Embracing It Fitness, we will be focusing on her movement, teaching her our belief on how people should move, and looking at external factors that have been linked with lower back pain – hormones, stress, nutrition etc., in attempt to rid her of back pain for good. 

I have a number of clients working with me and adopting this style of treatment who have all seen incredible results. 

If you are interested to hear more, or would like to know how we can assist you with treating your lower back pain, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Ben on 027 724 4204, or