"Back pain sufferers tend to have a morning routine where they stretch out their lumbar spines, only to wake up the next day feeling worse still, until they can get through their stretches again. Like an addict searching for the next hit, the back pain sufferer needs to stretch to feel better, until that one wears off and the next dose has to be administered."
"Unfortunately, this is just chasing symptoms and can actually exacerbate the root of the problem. In other words, it could actually make your pain worse. Now, I don’t want this news to upset you. For years, we’ve all thought we were doing ourselves a favor by stretching our low back. But as research progresses, we’ve learned this is not the case."
"Discipline of movement during everyday activities and improving lumbar stability is going to allow you to have more capacity for training."
"As hard as it is, the simple truth is you need to stop stretching your lumbar spine. I have a client who loved to stretch every day. I asked her to eliminate this extra spinal flexion, and we focused on stabilizing her lumbar spine, mobilizing her hips and thoracic spine, and teaching proper motor programming. I’m happy to say that six months later she feels like a million bucks, with no urge to stretch multiple times a day just to get relief."
"And that is exactly what you need to do, too.
-Work with a professional.
-Stabilize your lumbar spine.
-Improve your muscular endurance and posture.
-Mobilize your hips and thoracic spine."
"Changing what you know is hard to accept. You love your low-back stretch, and trust me, I understand."
"My turning point was at a rehabilitation conference where I sat in session after session and heard from the best low-back specialist in the world - who told me I was causing my clients pain, that we were causing their pain from prescribing stretches."
"So, I went home and researched everything I could about the lumbar spine. I changed the way I treated my clients. And the results have spoken for themselves, even louder than my research."