Why Heavy Squatting Causes Low Back Pain And Sciatica Dr Mandell
What’s up, guys? jeff cavaliere, athleanx . Bulging discs, herniated discs, ruptured discs, bad backs, blownout backs, you’ve heard all the terms before, but what does it actually mean? Today I want to show you guys exactly what it means right here on our skeleton. And more importantly tell you how you can make sure in your own training that you’re doing the right things, or avoiding the wrong things, to try to give yourself.
The best shot of never having this happen to you. Now right off the bat I think it’s very important to clarify, bulging discs and herniated discs can happen to anybody at any time. You don’t have to be in the gym to have this happen. So, that means that any exercise can cause one of these situations to happen. And it can happen quickly. But there are a few things that will lead ourselves to this situation much more frequently,.
And those are the things i want to help fortify you guys against with this tutorial. So, first of all, let’s take a little bit of a closer look inside to see exactly what’s going on so you can understand that. And then we’ll come back out of it and talk about some of the situations that you might want to make sure you’re extra careful of when you are training. Alright, so let’s go handheld here so I can show you exactly what’s going on.
What you’ll see here is the spine, ok. we have series of vertebrae here that stack on top of each other, as you guys probably know. And they’re broken down into the different levels of the spine that we hear so often, right. Cervical spine from here down through the neck. And then we have our thoracic spine that comes down through our midback. And then we have our 5 lumbar vertebrae that make up our lower back, ok.
Now, coming back around to the front. when we talk about the discs, you can see these brown structures right here in between provide spacing and padding between our vertebrae when they’re healthy and natural, ok, in a natural state. But what happens is, when we have a herniation, you can look down here, you actually get a leakage of the material that’s inside the disc.
It’s called the nucleus pulposus, right, as this thing comes out and squishes out, it literally is like a jelly donut effect. This would be a nice, intact jelly donut. If you were to squeeze it, then it would bleed out this innerdisc material that then, as you can see, pushes and hits one of these nerve roots that then travels down to the, you know, throughout the body, right, down to our lower extremities. We have different dermatomes that these different nerve roots run to.
So, when we train, if we were to have some sort of an injury and i’ll cover again what some of these activities might be that could cause this a little bit more often than others, once you get the leakage, if it’s not touching on a nerve root, that’s when you have basically a bulging disc, or a herniated disc that may not, again, be symptomatic because it may not be touching on the nerve root.
But as soon as this material right here contacts the nerve root, you’re going to get symptoms down that dermatome, wherever that might go. And that’s what would explain for some people that wind up complaining of hip pain or knee pain or thigh pain, or even numbness or tingling down in the toes because it depends again on what level and what nerve root this is pushing on.
3 Scientific Reasons Why Your Back Hurts
I don’t think ancient humans were complaining about pains from how they slept funny, so if we’re the same species, what’s wrong with us? Aches and pains are just part of life, but do you think our cave, tree or grassland dwelling ancestors gave a crap about little aches? Maybe they just didn’t get them as much. A story making the rounds this week claims to have an answer our posture is bad; like, really bad. A California acupuncturist with chronic back pain travelled the world exploring.
Cultures where chronic back pain wasn’t common and attempted to reverse engineer their lifestyle choices. She observed cultures where women and men spent their days working in fields, carrying heavy objects on their heads, or quote hunched over weaving, for hours, and noted that none of them had back pain, even though many were very old. Her explanation? Posture. Based on her observations, the spine shouldn’t form an S, but a J. Looking at these people,.
Late 19th century medical texts, and statues from ancient cultures, all told her we were messing with our spines! This is a totally plausible reason for pain, evolution guided us to the proper posture and our social culture has altered it but this wasn’t a scientific study, just a number of case studies. That being said, there are a number of studies saying we Americans (and many others) probably ARE doing things wrong. There’s a TON of talk around the office about how we sit in hairs, and my mom used to yell.
At me about slouching. if the acupuncturist i mentioned is right, then sitting up straight COULD help, but if nonscience isn’t enough, studies from San Francisco State University have found keeping up straight when seated correlates with generating more positive memories, whereas walking slumped decreases your energy levels. So listen to my mother, and fix your posture! You’d think something you do once a day (or maybe more!) you’d be good at, but you might want to sit down for this one: you’re pooping.
Wrong. evolution didn’t involve toilets. not even once. instead, humans would, like other animals, squat! Our human anatomy isn’t made to push out a halfpound (120g) of waste while sitting down, instead, were supposed to be squatting with the thighs running parallel to the abdomen! A 2003 study in Digestive Diseases and Sciences found people who squatted pooped faster, and with less effort than those on a toilet! A separate study from 2010 xrayed people while they pooped out a fluid that had been put INTO their colons and they found.
Abdominal strain was way lower for squatting than sitting! i love science. you don’t have to rip the porcelain throne out of the bathroom though, just get a shorter one, or even put a stool underfoot to help align your legs and abs! Since the late 1500s when the flush toilet swirled into our midst, we’ve been pooping wrong and now we’re having problems with our our bowels. Pooping wrong creates all sorts of problems with constipation and, more seriously, the abdominal strain causes painful.
Swelling and bleeding of the veins around your anus that is hemorrhoids! In the US, eighty percent of the population will have a sleeprelated back problem at some point in our lives, and yet we treat the symptom not the disease. We spend one third of our lives asleep, but we’re terrible at that too. Sleeping on our stomachs is bad for the spine, the fetal position hunches the back and leads to neck AND back pain. Sleeping on mediumfirm to firm mattresses FAR better for the alignment of the back than.
Too soft or too hard. and if you don’t want to swap mattresses, at least switch to sleeping on your back; it’s supposed to be the best for a natural spine position. Again, think about our evolution, we didn’t evolve to sleep on a pillowtop, but on a thinly cushioned patch of grass or dirt. Today, about onethird of Americans in their 50s have some kind of chronic pain in their neck or back; another quarter have pain in their knees or legs, and another 18 percent.