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The Frustration of Low Back Pain

Low back pain can be caused by a multitude of issues, which can make it really frustrating for the person with the pain. Along with that, many people don’t know who to go to when they have low back pain. Do I go to a chiropractor? Do I go to my doctor or an orthopedic specialist? Maybe I just need a massage? This confusion around who can help is an added frustration to the actual back pain.
 
 
First, it's important to look at the primary recommendations of where to start with low back pain; imaging, rest, medication. The downfall of imaging, rest and medicine is that they actually aren’t helpful in figuring out what is causing the pain and how to resolve it. Imaging just shows a static picture of your spine which can be helpful but mainly if you are considering surgery. The interesting thing about imaging is that research is showing that people who don’t have back pain also can show positive signs on an MRI or x-ray. So we are learning that sometimes...
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The "I'm Getting Older" Fallacy

This is something at T-Zero that we hear ALL THE TIME. We get on the phone or have people in for their first appointment and they begin telling us their story and why they’re seeking help then, “I guess I’m just getting older” comes out of their mouth.

I would say that at least 95% of our clients say this at some point in the first 2 sessions we work with them. The problem? Although age does affect how you feel, the problem with this statement is it assumes that there’s no hope… It has a view of life as a train that is moving forward and with each injury the speed of the train increases towards the inevitable “pain” of old age.

So people come in to see us and all they’re hoping for is that we help slow the train down as much as possible to delay the constancy of pain that they’re anticipating will come as they age.

Does this sound dramatic? It might, but if you’re really honest with yourself you’ve probably had...

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It’s not the tread or the rower’s fault!

How the floor can affect your running and rowing! And your splats!

Look, I know that most people don’t stick with Orangetheory because they love the floor workouts. People are motivated by SPLAT POINTS right??? The floor is just the added strength component so you can push yourself on the tread and rower to seeing increasing speeds and increasing splats! I get it. That’s where you see the heart rate increase and the splat points increase, you don’t get as many splats on the floor. I know that I’m in the minority when I say I don’t pay much attention to my splat points and I really like floor-heavy classes.

Another PT and I run a Facebook group together called “Stay Healthy OTF (Orangetheory Fitness” and we rarely get questions about the floor exercises. People are always asking about the rower and the tread but tend to ignore or at least overlook the floor exercises. Well I’m here to bring some attention to the middle child (I can say...

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