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The Bush, the Snake, and the Sarong: How Pain Works

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When you have chronic pain, it’s NOT “just in your head”, it’s real pain.

Why do things hurt?

When you have chronic pain, it’s NOT “just in your head”, it’s real pain.

The story of the bush, snake and sarong; understand your pain with this comical story from one of the world’s leading pain researchers:

Why should you stop crunches and sit-ups?

Why should you stop crunches and sit-ups? Professor Stuart McGill, an expert in spinal biomechanics determined in 2001 that sit-ups and crunches can cause back pain and disc herniations.

To protect your back and work your core, forget the sit-ups and crunches, instead do planks, side-planks, bird-dogs, and curl-ups.

Once you have strength and more importantly, endurance, in these exercises, ask at the clinic for more advanced exercises such as “Stir-the-pot” which MMA and UFC fighters use to get a rock-solid core.

There are always harder exercises to do, but form should not be compromised to get results, you need to protect your back’s tissues by doing the correct exercises.

See the following article for more information:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/why-you-can-stop-doing-sit-ups-1450722637?mod=e2fb

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What should you do instead of crunches or sit-ups?

Throw away sit-ups and crunches, they’re scientifically proven to hurt your back. Instead do planks, side-planks, curl-ups, and bird-dogs.

Here is a short video (< 1minute) by Professor Stuart McGill that shows you how to perform a curl-up safely.

Notice:

1) How he keeps his head only slightly off the ground

2) How he supports his low back with his hands (keep your elbows on the floor if you find the exercise tough)

3) How he tucks his chin in to activate deep neck flexor muscles rather than superficial neck muscles

4) How he keeps one leg straight, and one leg bent, to take pressure off his lower back

Ignore the extra modifications from 51 seconds onwards.

Keep your eyes peeled for more

More blog posts similar to this will follow, with useful tips to get you out of pain and keep you out of pain. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook for more regular snippet updates.

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