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05.11.2018
Category: 2014
Written by: Nick Jack
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When it comes to talking about back pain, and more specifically what causes it and what are the best exercise strategies to treat it there is nobody better than Dr Stuart McGill. His books and endless research into this chronic condition are referred to by experts in all fields from all over the world and rated as best practice for helping people find long term solutions to their pain. I first read his books "Low Back Disorders" and "Ultimate Back Fitness & Performance" back in 2007 and was blown away by his approach and this changed the way I trained clients and my entire training philosophy. In 2016 I read his latest book "Back Pain Mechanic" and this year completed a training course on how to implement this with clients. Even though I was using most of his methods and philosophies in our back pain rehabilitation programs, it is not until you spend time hands on with this that you "really learn" some of the finer things and gain a greater understanding of the reason behind his methods. This article I am going to share with you what I found to be some of the best lessons I learned from him.

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26.09.2018
Category: 2014
Written by: Nick Jack
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If there is one thing that really does my head in, it is seeing people using fitness methods to solve what is really a health problem. Even worse is when they are advised to do this by a health professional or trainer. This is where someone uses cycling, running, swimming and various other fitness activities to rehabilitate the body from injury or improve overall health from disease or illness. Injury, illness, disease, even weight loss are all health problems needing a solution that addresses the cause of the problem and a plan that provides the body with optimal function and health to handle fitness endeavors. We must understand that health and fitness are not the same thing, and that you can never become fit until you become healthy first. In this article I am going to explore several common approaches to injury and illness that people are using or being advised to do that are doomed for failure right from the start, and in some cases even contribute to making their condition worse or creating new problems bigger than the original one!

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11.09.2018
Category: 2014
Written by: Nick Jack
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Here is a great case study example of a young guy who came to see us for help with a chronic neck and shoulder problem. We wanted to share this story of how we were able to very quickly help him turn his life around using exercises that many never even consider. Chronic neck and shoulder problems are extremely common with today's modern world of computers, smartphones and general lack of exercise and postural awareness. I see so many people who rely solely on massage, stretching and treatments to release trigger points and stiffness to get rid of their pain, but never do they consider finding the source of the pain, and finding the real solution that lies in learning to MOVE efficiently. This case study is a great example of how we were able to help a guy who had put up with chronic pain for years, seen several therapists for little or no result by simply improving his movement function, stability and strength.

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