Exercise is making headlines every day. And, living in Boulder, I witness and participate in a spectrum of strength and cardiovascular exercise. Some people exercise for hours and hours each week, or even hours and hours each day. Some of those folks like to compete, while others are happy to be outside just enjoying the day. So, what is the BEST way to exercise? What kind of exercise is BEST? How much exercise is BEST?
I love how my practice has evolved over the last 33 years as a physical therapist. So many new and wonderful evaluation and treatment techniques are emerging constantly that there is never a reason to be bored. I’m thrilled when I can relax an artery in the pelvis and back pain goes away. Or that getting the bladder moving can make Yoga hip openers a piece of cake for my patient.
A few months ago we introduced a tool to help strengthen the diaphragm. A strong diaphragm, primarily a breathing muscle, improves exercise performance. A recent study in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy now contends that a weak diaphragm is correlated with chronic lower back pain. In addition to weakness, there is reduced movement of the diaphragm in subjects with lower back pain.