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The Reason Your Back Tightness Won’t Go Away

Tight Back

Hey, it’s Dr. Jake Berman! Welcome to my blog!

One of the most common things I hear on the first phone call with new clients is,

“My back has been bothering me for X amount of time…my MRI/X-rays say that I have degeneration, herniation, bulging, etc…”

Many of those people have tried core strengthening, back stretches, pain meds, and even injections with no lasting relief. WHY?!?!

Because the focus has been on your SYMPTOMS, not the underlying PROBLEM! Chances are that up until this point, nobody qualified has actually put their hands on you to figure out what is CAUSING your symptoms.

You’ve waited at the doctor’s office for hours for him to come in for 2 minutes, just enough time to halfway listen to your story and then write you a prescription for pain meds and order an X-ray. Nothing “definitive” has come back on X-ray, so now here’s another Rx for more pain meds and now an MRI. The MRI shows (above) so either get scheduled for surgery OR just take it easy and keep up with the pain meds…

99% of the clients I’ve worked with suffering from back pain have had some type of pelvis/hip issue. A very simple thing to try right now is when sitting nice and tall on a firm surface, cross your right leg over the left as a man would sit cross-legged (right ankle on left thigh area). Now press gently on your right knee down towards the floor until you feel a stretch in the right hip/glute area.

Sitting Exercise

Take note of how that feels and then do the exact opposite with the left leg and see if there is any discrepancy between the sides.

IF you found one hip is tighter than the other, guess what? That is now your new homework! Just do that simple stretch whenever sitting for as long as you can comfortably—shoot for AT LEAST 3 minutes. DO NOT continue if paresthesia (numbness/tingling) begins. Just relax the foot back on the ground, take a break, then repeat this process until the discrepancy dissipates.

Back Pain Free Report
Dr. Jake Berman

Dr. Jake Berman

After graduating from the University of Florida, Dr. Jake Berman, PT, DPT sought out mentorship first from Bob Seton in Destin, FL and then from Aaron Robles in Jacksonville, FL. Both of these mentors have 20+ years of experience helping people keep active and mobile so they can enjoy high quality active lifestyles. What Jake found was that back pain was by far the most debilitating pain and the highest factor leading to decreased physical activity later in life. These experiences are what inspired Jake to specialize in helping people aged 50+ keep active, mobile and pain free despite the aging process. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to alleviate somebody’s back pain so that they can get back to living their best life- especially in Naples! Over the years of helping 100’s of people aged 65-75 become stronger and pain free, one thing for sure has become apparent: “he who rests rots”. Jake is a firm believer that we become stiff then old, not old then stiff. Seriously, think about it...
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