Muscle Spasms and Low Back Pain

This was a pair of studies by the same authors that have some great, real world implications with regards to prevention and physical therapy treatment of low back pain and neck pain. Short rest periods after static lumbar flexion are a risk factor for cumulative low back disorder. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2005 Feb;15(1):37-52. Courville A, … Read more

Periodized Resistance Training Works Better than Aerobic Training for Chronic Low Back Pain

A comparison of two forms of periodized exercise rehabilitation programs in the management of chronic nonspecific low-back pain. J Strength Cond Res. 2009 Mar;23(2):513-23. Kell RT, Asmundson GJ. From the study: Abstract The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of 2 different periodized exercise rehabilitation programs (resistance training [RT] and aerobic training … Read more

Strength Training, Function and Low Back Pain.

The influence of periodized resistance training on recreationally active males with chronic nonspecific low back pain. J Strength Cond Res. 2011 Jan;25(1):242-51. Jackson JK, Shepherd TR, Kell RT. From the study: Abstract The most common musculoskeletal health issue is chronic nonspecific low back pain (CLBP). CLBP increases pain and disability, which reduces quality of life … Read more

Hard Times for McKenzie Method, Low Back Pain

The McKenzie method for low back pain: a systematic review of the literature with a meta-analysis approach. Spine. 2006 Apr 20;31(9) Machado LA, de Souza Mv, Ferreira PH, Ferreira ML. From the study: “Eleven trials of mostly high quality were included. McKenzie reduced pain (weighted mean difference [WMD] on a 0- to 100-point scale, -4.16 … Read more

Rotation Stretch Increases Low Back Pain and Decreases Spine Stability

Low back pain development response to sustained trunk axial twisting. Eur Spine J. 2013 Sep;22(9):1972-8. From the study: METHODS: Sixteen male pain-free university students volunteered for this study. The trunk axial twisting was created by a torsion moment of 50 Nm for 10-min duration. The axial rotational creep was estimated by the transverse camera view … Read more

Low Back Pain: Cyclic and Static Spine Flexion Both Bad for the Back

Human lumbar spine creep during cyclic and static flexion: creep rate, biomechanics, and facet joint capsule strain. Ann Biomed Eng. 2005 Mar;33(3):391-401. From the study: Abstract There is a high incidence of low back pain (LBP) associated with occupations requiring sustained and/or repetitive lumbar flexion (SLF and RLF, respectively), which cause creep of the viscoelastic … Read more