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To Overcome Chronic Back Issues, Improve Strength and Mobility of Your Spine and Surrounding Tissues

When looking to overcome chronic back pain and stiffness, it's essential that you improve strength and mobility of your spine and surrounding tissues. If you aren't already doing so, you might try alternating between core strengthening work and spinal mobility work. This video demonstrates examples of how to alternate between strengthening and improving mobility of your spine and surrounding tissues. Read more about To Overcome Chronic Back Issues, Improve Strength and Mobility of Your Spine and Surrounding Tissues

 

How to Improve Balance and Proprioception

After posting a clip of a simple game that can be used to improve joint position sense and balance, I received a number of messages from readers asking for ways to work on proprioception when one doesn't have a partner to work with. Read more about How to Improve Balance and Proprioception

 

Simple Hamstring Exercises for Improved Knee and Hip Function

This video demonstrates a variety of simple hamstring-strengthening exercises that almost invariably lead to improved knee and hip function. Please be sure to have the volume on your viewing device and within the video on for accompanying guidance for each exercise. Read more about Simple Hamstring Exercises for Improved Knee and Hip Function

 

A Simple Technique to Improve Hip Mobility

A number of people who have gone through other videos that I've done on hip mobility have mentioned feeling restricted deep within their hip joints while trying to rotate their hips.

This video demonstrates a technique that can help restore joint mobility while lengthening shortened muscles and tendons that inhibit natural range of motion. Read more about A Simple Technique to Improve Hip Mobility

 

3 Types of Squats to Improve Functional Knee Strength

To build upon the prior video on strengthening exercises for knee pain and stiffness, here are three additional types of squats that are helpful in improving functional knee strength. I found a simple way to add audio to this video, so please be sure that your volume is on. Read more about 3 Types of Squats to Improve Functional Knee Strength

 

Sourdough French Toast With Blueberries and Maple Syrup

Here's a look at a fresh batch of French toast that I made over the weekend, served with blueberries and real maple syrup. I used traditionally fermented sourdough bread from a local bakery and eggs from free range birds. Read more about Sourdough French Toast With Blueberries and Maple Syrup

 

Strengthening Exercises for Knee Pain

One of the keys to addressing knee pain and stiffness is to improve functional strength of the muscles that control knee extension and flexion.

This video demonstrates simple variations of the basic squat that are highly effective for improving functional strength of the knees.

The idea is to begin sitting on a stable surface, and to do the following squats:

1. Basic Squat on two feet. Read more about Strengthening Exercises for Knee Pain

 

5 Stretches for Back Pain and Stiffness

A healthy back requires a mobile spine that is able to freely move in multiple directions, with flexion, extension, rotation, and lateral flexion being the major directions of normal range of motion.

Regular practice of the exercises in this video will promote healthy range of motion of your spine, as well as healthy tone of the soft tissues (ligaments, fascia, muscles, and tendons) that surround your spine. Read more about 5 Stretches for Back Pain and Stiffness

 

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