Archive For The “Exercise Therapy” Category

Back Rehabilitation – An Overview

By | February 24, 2015

We have spent a great deal of time discussing the individual component parts of our back rehabilitation program. In today’s blog I will finally attempt to put all of the pieces together and show you how the program is implemented. When a patient comes to see us for the first time at Schlesinger Pain Centers […]

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My Favorite Back Exercises

By | February 22, 2015

Despite all of the prior disclaimers, here is a short list of my favorite back exercises. As with the yoga positions listed above, they are not all appropriate for my patients here at Schlesinger Pain Centers and I do not do all of these exercises every day, but will probably hit them all in the […]

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On the Value of a Good Teacher

By | February 21, 2015

Experience is the best teacher. Much of what I have learned about back rehabilitation I have learned directly from my patients and even more importantly from my own experience. Exercise is difficult to study scientifically, because form is so important. If you take a simple exercise like crunches and modify it slightly, lets say by […]

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Getting Serious About Back Exercises

By | February 20, 2015

I am often asked, almost casually, at the end of an office visit at Schlesinger Pain Centers if I could give the patient a few simple exercises to do for their back. In fact this series of blogs is a response to that seemingly simple question. In the beginning I would try to give them […]

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My Recommendations for Inversion Therapy

By | February 18, 2015

At Schlesinger Pain Centers inversion therapy is usually the first step in the back rehabilitation plan. It is prescribed once the patient is nearly pain free. I have found that inversion is perceived as unpleasant by patients with more than a little remaining back pain. In addition it can induce reflex spasm. The starting “dose” […]

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Slant Boards

By | February 13, 2015

Slant boards, originally designed for doing inverted sit ups are an effective and in my opinion under utilized form of spinal distraction therapy. They are simple, cheap and available in most gyms and health clubs. The biggest drawback to their use is that as the degree of inversion increases they become less stable and harder […]

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Gravity Boots

By | February 11, 2015

The last use of a chinning bar to produce spinal distraction is with “Gravity Boots”, as made famous by Richard Gere in the 1980 film American Gigolo. Several companies including Teeter Hang Ups currently make these boots. In addition large numbers can still be found in closets and garage sales.  Unfortunately none of these boots […]

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Chinning Bars

By | February 10, 2015

Chinning bars are refreshingly simple and can be used in a variety of ways. In the upright position they expose the back to mild to moderate distractive forces. In addition to simple hanging the addition of a chin up or a pull up will contribute to increased upper body strength. One drawback to the upright […]

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Digression #2: Your Back and the Effects of Modern Technology

By | January 29, 2015

Most people tend to think of words modern and technology as things unique to their own life and times, but this is clearly not the case. Socrates, nearly 2500 years ago complained about effects of the strange new music popular with the youth of his day as well the corrosive effects of luxury and modern […]

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Spinal Compression

By | January 26, 2015

The last axis of spinal movement is really potential. Axial loading of the spine results in isometric compression of the spine. There are very few amateur sports that rely on spinal compression. Competitive weight lifting in my opinion uses weights that the spine was never meant to bare. The greatest number of spinal injuries that […]

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