You’ve probably heard the term “conditioning” being used in the world of athletics and fitness, ex. “His conditioning is superb!” There are, however, all different types and levels of conditioning. Many conditioning programs are designed more for rehabilitation purposes that progressively bring back full function to a particular joint or muscle after a trauma. They can, however, also be used to help restore full function to someone suffering from a severe chronic ailment, such as arthritis or bursitis.
“Conditioning” is simply your body’s current state and what it’s accustomed to. Someone can be conditioned for a particular sport, or more basic routines like easily performing daily activities that are free from pain. One of the most common complaints today, which I can personally relate to, is from sufferers of pain and limited mobility in the lumbar spine, or lower back. Luckily, I discovered an easy solution to preventing low back pain which has worked wonders for me.
Any joint or muscle in your body can be “conditioned” to better handle the stresses placed on it – and your spine is no exception. Here is a spine conditioning program designed by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), which safely increases lower back strength and mobility, perfect for someone suffering from moderate-to-severe arthritis. Be sure to follow all of the instructions and precautions under the Getting Started section before beginning any of the stretches and strengthening exercises.
Now that you’re beginning to condition your spine and surrounding muscle to better handle stress, the next important step is to learn how to minimize the stress. For the spine/back (lower back particularly) this means learning how to properly move and lift things. Every movement and lift you make stems from your spine and back muscles, which means they take the brunt of the stress. Learning proper lifting techniques will reduce that stress by distributing it more evenly across other major muscle groups. Here is a guide on proper movement and lifting techniques developed by the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine.
Conditioning programs, like any other exercise program, takes time and consistency. Be sure to perform the spine conditioning program at least once per week for several months alongside your regular exercise regimen. Once you’ve conditioned your spine and surrounding muscles to better handle stress, and have also learned how to properly lift things, you will be living free of back pain like me!
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