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  • Michael Thompson Author

    While I agree with the active vs passive approach - I think stomach can really help get someone out of pain so we can get them moving in a pain free range of motion more quickly. This is especially important for patients/clients who are stuck in a negative pain loop and their pain mechano receptors are stuck in transmission of slow or fast pain. But most PT's that use modalities don't use them in this way...

    July 27, 2016 at 8:35 pm | Reply to this comment

    • TonyGentilcore Author

      TOTALLY agree Mike. There's a happy medium here. I understand that passive approaches may need to enter the picture in order to get someone pain free in order to provide the window to explore new movement and new ROMs. I think you're right though, many PTs (not all) tend to stop treatment short and neglect the active component. BOTH have a time and place however.

      July 29, 2016 at 8:46 am | Reply to this comment

      • Michael Thompson Author

        Absolutely right. Though my view might be skewed because typically ATs see a lot more acute injuries (ie. TG getting an inversion ankle sprain while doing agility ladders. haha) So the need for passive at that point is greater because I have to get my athletes out of pain to increase their quality of movement.

        July 29, 2016 at 6:47 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Nathane L Jackson Author

    Shovel lift was was Cobra T-Shirt in the Scoop Toss!

    July 31, 2016 at 8:28 am | Reply to this comment

  • Shane Mclean Author

    Love the shovel deadlift, nice one Tony. As a suffer of low back pain which I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy, I agree on the active approach. I did a ton of PRI and positional breathing drills in PT which was one of the hardest things I've ever done. PRI is not for sissies. Congrats on making the articles of the week Tony.

    July 31, 2016 at 5:49 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Saraswati Author

    Awesome post thankyou! although it's important to mention that planks are only effective in strengthening if done correctly (i.e. not compressing the spine - heels have to be pushing back and head reaching forward, shoulders rounded and strength in forearms and core - not straining the lower back). i would also add that yoga is not only an awesome way to relieve lower back pain but to also prevent further pain - comes back to spinal stabilisation as you've talked about - and also decompression of the spine. I've found these exercises to be the best and try to do them every day which has had an incredible effect on my ability to keep workouts strong and pain free. Keep up the awesome work!

    September 29, 2016 at 12:05 am | Reply to this comment

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