By Luke Khoury – Sports Chiropractor – B.Sc (Ex.Sc), M.Chiropractic
Owner and Founder of Khoury Chiropractic
“I HAVE PAIN IN MY BACK WHEN I SQUAT, WHAT’S WRONG WITH MY BACK?”
This line of questioning is all too common with an emphasis placed on pain as the primary issue.
Mobility: the ability to move or be moved freely and easily
Pain is the last symptom to present when there is an underlying dysfunction, and the first symptom to resolve when managed appropriately.
Why do we get pain? This is our bodies way of sending out danger signals to let us know there is something wrong. Commonly the danger signals occur in tissues which are over stressed to a point the body can’t handle the demand and injury occurs.
Let’s focus on lower back pain that presents on squatting. Why do we get pain in kthe lower back? Physical Therapist Gray Cook and Strength and Conditioning coach Mike Boyle developed an approach to explain how pain in one area of the body can result from mobility restrictions elsewhere. This is known as the joint by joint approach.
When we move into a squat, the lower back (lumbar spine) has a primary role of being a stabilising structure in order to transmit forces from the lower extremity to the trunk and upper extremity, keeping our back in a safe and strong position.
In a society that demands we sit throughout our childhood school years and progressing into our busy work life, we spend a lot of time seated. Seated to have breakfast in the morning, seated on our way to work, seated at work, seated to get home, seated for dinner then we go to bed. Somewhere in the middle we find time to train. The body being an adaptable organism creates stiffness and shortness through structures such as our mid back (thoracic spine), hips and ankles. All areas have a primary role of providing mobility.
The body will always find the path of least resistance when moving. We are adaptable creatures always looking for a way to decrease energy expenditure to achieve the same outcome. When I lose the ability to move through my ankles, hips and/or thoracic spine, I will look for movement elsewhere, even if it means losing stability. This places areas such as the lower back and knees under additional load as they now are required to handle additional stresses of increased range which the body over time will be unable to keep up with.
Mobility is an essential component of our health and fitness regime that is commonly pushed to the side as a quick stretch pre or post workout. Make mobility apart of your lifestyle taking any opportunity you can to stretch through areas of restriction.
The KC Mobility Classes will help identify your areas of restriction and educate you on how to further improve your mobility and how to utilise various types of equipment to assist you along the way.
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