EPISODE 260: A Way Out of Back Pain

80% of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their life, often debilitating pain, but most problems are undiagnosed, self-diagnosed, and it can be chronic. So what do you do? For better or worse, it seems that your spinal health must be taken into your own hands. If you’re going to have a healthy back, you’ll need to educate yourself and take action. This week’s guest, Dr. Stuart McGill, will help you do just that.

Listen in to learn:

  • Why proximal stability is essential for functional human movement
  • Why tight hamstrings might not be the cause of back pain and how back pain might actually cause tight hamstrings (chicken vs. egg)
  • Why nerve tightness might be the real issue
  • Why disks are hydrophilic and require movement to hydrate
  • How lying down on your belly for 3 minutes, and then walking around can help
  • Why spine hygiene is essential to remove pain

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Brian Kateman is cofounder and president of the Reducetarian Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing meat consumption in order to create a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world.

Dr. Stuart M. McGill is a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON, Canada). His advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts and elite athletes and teams from around the world. Difficult back cases are regularly referred to him for consultation. Any product associated with this website has been tested in Dr. McGill’s laboratory at the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada.

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