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Fitness Saturday: Mind Your Back to Health

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This post is part of our series of Fitness Saturday exercises, workouts, and expert tips appropriate to women in the second half of life. Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, shares five basic mind/body exercises to help establish a better connection to the core muscles and  prevent back problems.


Back pain is one of the most common medical problems around. It affects 8 out of 10 people at some point in their life. Of people who have pain, about 20% will develop chronic back pain — meaning they will feel recurring pain for more than three months. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the problem is getting worse in terms of the impact on our health for both men and women.

There can be various causes for back pain, including sprains and strains, disc degeneration, spinal misalignment conditions like scoliosis, herniated or ruptured discs, bad posture, and just wear and tear. Oftentimes, rest and over the counter anti-inflammatory medicines will be enough to make the pain go away. However, if you feel pain that gradually becomes worse and/or interferes with daily activities, you should see your healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment.

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An interesting new treatment being utilized by physiatrists to help people with back pain is called Lumbar Motor Control Training. These are also called Motor Control Exercises, and generally speaking, they involve retraining movement patterns so that the patient can have better control over the deep core muscles that stabilize the spine and pelvis. The training also involves making the patient more aware of how they move and hold their body so they notice bad habits and develop more ideal alignment. READ MORE

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  • Simeon Panda January 31, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Great post series Jonathan! Pleasant and informative to read.
    Stay Fit !