Exercise focused on motor control patterns and high load lifting improve both pain and functional capacity outcomes.
Michaelson, P., Holmberg, D., Aasa, B., & Aasa, U. (2016). High load lifting exercise and low load motor control exercises as interventions for patients with mechanical low back pain: A randomized controlled trial with 24-month follow-up. J Rehabil Med, 48(5), 456-463.
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Exercise to correct neuromuscular imbalance of the lumbar spine reduces low back pain.
Renkawitz, T., Boluki, D. & Grifka, J. (2006). The association of low back pain, neuromuscular imbalance, and trunk extension strength in athletes. Spine J, 6(6), 673-83
Rehabilitation of back extensor muscles combined with flexibility exercises improves both pain and function.
Mbada, C. E., Ayanniyi, O., Ogunlade, S. O., Orimolade, E. A., Oladiran, A. B., & Ogundele, A. O. (2013). Rehabilitation of Back Extensor Muscles' Inhibition in Patients with Long-Term Mechanical Low-Back Pain. ISRN Rehabilitation, 2013, 1-11.
Participants in the program will undergo an initial assessment and then be coached through an initial learning phase followed by three training stages. The program takes between 3 and 6 months to complete depending on the level at which the participant begins the program.
At the conclusion of the program, participants will have developed effective movement patterns, an improved level of strength and are encouraged to continue their Stage 3 strength program and beyond for the rest of their life.