GENERAL EXERCISE FOR BACK PAIN RELIEF – A REVIEW

CATEGORY: Exercise/Fitness
TYPES: Resistance Training, Cross Training, Calisthenics, Cardio/Aerobics; General Back Training Exercises (Non-Therapeutic): Upright Row (shown above), Lat Pulldown (shown above), Rear Delt Dumbell Raises, Seated Cable Row, One Arm Dumbbell Rows, Pull-Ups & Lat Pull-Downs, Chin-Ups, Dumbbell Pull-Overs, Seated Back Extension, T-Bar Rows, Deadlifts, Bent Over Rows, Weighted Back Extensions, Reverse Flyes, Lying Supermans, One Arm Mid-Back Cable Rows, Cobra Yoga Poses

*All brand names are trademarks of their respective owners & used for review(s) & comparison purposes only.

 

GENERAL EXERCISE for BACK PAIN RELIEF PROS:

> Can be very effective for posture/back pain if proper form is used for ALL exercises
> Consistent exercise allows one to maintain a healthy body weight, which is essential to joint health
> Developing a balanced muscle structure throughout the body will aid in maintaining an erect posture and the strengthened/toned muscles will reduce stress on the joints throughout
> The endorphins released from exercise are a natural mood enhancer
> Promotes sweating which is the best detoxifier for the human body

GENERAL EXERCISE for BACK PAIN RELIEF CONS:

> Without proper instruction, chances of injury are high – particularly for those who have led a sedentary lifestyle
> A proper exercise routine can be time consuming. Generally one should workout for 30-60 minutes which allows the body enough time to warm up before increasing intensity for a duration that will force an adaptive response
> Can be time consuming: requires a change clothes, shower when done, and change again
> Can be even more time consuming & expensive when done at a gym due to travel & membership fees
> Most exercises are NOT specifically targeted to strengthen back & realign posture muscles

 

If you’re like most people you spend a good part of your day sitting at a desk hunched over a computer. Constantly being in this position may result in problems with your posture that can worsen over time if you work out improperly.
– Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, Founder, President & CEO of Fitness Quest 10, Lead Training Advisor for Under Armour, Author of “The IMPACT! Body Plan”, 2 Time Personal Trainer of the Year (IDEA & ACE)

Versus BODY-ALINE:

Almost any form of exercise can be beneficial for developing good posture (but not so much jogging, bicycling or rowing). However, the development of good posture is ONLY possible if proper form is used during the execution of ALL exercises – not just some of them. Proper form means maintaining the natural S-curve of the spine at all times. Often times, form suffers because most people lack the knowledge of proper form and are focused on building muscles & weight loss while working out – NOT posture correction. Expert instruction from a qualified individual (preferably a physical therapist or certified personal trainer) is recommended to insure proper form/posture while working out in order to reduce chance of injury but sessions with health/fitness professionals typically range form $50 -$100/hr. If improper form is used one may not only suffer an acute injury during the workouts, but will also develop muscular imbalances and/or accelerate current muscle imbalances that ruin posture. Generally speaking, if you have bad posture and you work out with bad posture, you will ONLY make a bad posture even worse. This analysis summarizes why, in our opinion, the BODY-ALINE is a better solution for most chronic back pain, compared to general exercise & fitness.

If back strengthening & posture correction is your goal, the BODY-ALINE is a far more cost-effective, easier and efficient solution compared to general workouts. The targeted exercise motion of the BODY-ALINE safely guides you through 3 highly effective back strengthening & posture correcting, (stretching & strengthening) maneuvers combined into one simple motion. Unlike working out, it is virtually impossible to use the BODY-ALINE incorrectly and with bad or unsafe form. This is known as mirror image muscle rehabilitation because your back & posture muscles are retrained into perfect alignment during every single repetition of the BODY-ALINE. They have no other choice. Unlike working out, the BODY-ALINE only requires a few minutes a day to experience results, and you do NOT need to change clothes or break a sweat when using it. Plus, it’s small enough to be used in the home or office, which allows you access to use it anytime of the day without having to travel to do so.

 

 

After eight hours at the office, you go to the gym to release the stress that has accumulated over a long day of work. After warming up hunched over a stationary bike for about 10 minutes, you do lat pull downs behind your head, then some sets of chest press, and the usual heaping dose of sit ups or crunches. You now just reinforced the forward head posture, the rounded shoulders and flexed, rounded spine you’ve been molding so efficiently at work. The only difference is that you added weight to strengthen your already imbalanced posture!
– Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, Founder, President & CEO of Fitness Quest 10, Lead Training Advisor for Under Armour, Author of “The IMPACT! Body Plan”, 2 Time Personal Trainer of the Year (IDEA & ACE)

 

A Personal Review of General Exercise/Fitness for Back Pain Relief from BODY-ALINE Co-Inventor Jason Bowman…

As a biomechanics expert and someone who has worked out at gyms for 20+ years, I admit that my eyes occasionally scan the gym floor and notice the form of others while they work out and I can tell you with 100% certainty that most people do NOT use proper form – even those with personal trainers. When resistance training… maintaining proper body alignment at all times (good posture) is even MORE critical than it is during most daily life activities. The alignment of the tires on a racecar is a perfect analogy to describe this: If the tires of a racecar are out of alignment at 25 mph, you may barely notice it. However, if you’re driving 140 mph it becomes a big noticeable problem. The same principle applies to having poor posture while you workout and/or are engaged in athletic activities versus being sedentary. The extra speed of body movement and extra force being applied to limbs while working-out dramatically increases the chances of injury for a misaligned spine & body. Think of all the weekend warriors who innocently play in the family softball game and end up with serious soft tissue injuries. However, if you are ultra conscious of maintaining perfect posture at ALL times while working out, then working out WILL help your posture – but most people are NOT ultra-conscience of their posture while working out. I invite you to stop by a gym and check out this phenomenon for yourself.