An Estimated 80% of Americans Will Experience Back Pain. What Can We Do About It?

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If you experience lower back pain, you're not alone. Half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. Experts estimate nearly 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.  But is this normal?

For many people it is, and living with lower back pain has become a standard of life issue that we brush away. We give in and accept that this is normal.  Is it normal to be in pain and should it stop us from doing what we love? 
Back pain is the second most common cause of doctor visits and is one of the most cited reasons for missed work and avoiding physical activity.
However, we ignore the red flags of pain and continue to fight through the "inconvenience".  We’re talking about fighting through sharp stabbing pain, dull aching pain or pain associated with redness and swelling. If you push against that type of pain, it’s going to push back. It’s going to push back harder, and it’s going to win. We should not exercise around or into pain hoping it will get better without first attempting to manage it systematically. 
If your red engine light appears on your car, do you suddenly cover that up and continue to drive for the next three months?
With today's technology and growing emphasis on patient care, there must be a better way we can tackle this problem. We've become to understand that the source of the pain usually doesn’t represent the cause of the pain. Backs are the victim, not the culprit.
Many other issues may be causing lower back pain and not be addressed. The number one thing people forgot to do is change their lifestyle. We continue to live a sedentary work culture and studies show sitting is a major contributor to major health issues. 
Below Erwan Le Corre, founder of MovNat explains how our lifestyles are affecting our health and movement. 
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Erwan's approach is really helping us because of what it adds or what it eliminates but I think common sense would tell you that the elimination load is greatly more than the additional load.
There are two logical reasons for eliminating something.

First, if you eliminate it and all gets better, you just learned something. Second, if you eliminate it and nothing changes, you’ve also learned something.

Instead of treating the symptom and hoping everything will improve. We need to first do our best to identify potential precursors and eliminate compensations they cause. 

Don't wait until you can't move well to appreciate the importance of moving well.

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How can we tackle back pain?

By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can the leading cause of why an individual may experience pain or discomfort on a regular basis.

The FMS simplifies the concept of movement quality and helps professionals identify the problem and correct the issues to ensure that function and quality are restored. 

Identifying fundamental patterns in daily activity and sport is a significant component of FMS Level 1.  The more we appreciate how patterns influence daily tasks, the better our opportunities to improve.

The Hippocratic oath, "Do no harm" is the number one goal of fitness and healthcare professionals. Understanding how you can protect individuals while still training them is an important skill.

But, do you prioritize and adjust programming based on your clients’ individual movement ability? FMS Level 2 delivers the roadmap for progressive movement outcomes. Learn how to cater to your clients’ individual needs with customized exercise selection while simultaneously limiting the factors that inhibit their progress. 

Regardless the goals you have for fitness and recreation, being durable and able to perform at a level you require is an essential step towards long-term health and fitness. Working on your needs instead of your wants will allow you to perform with integrity and efficiency. 

This is where the Fundamental Capacity Screen (FCS) can help you. The FCS provides with an image of your physical resources and your maximum potential adaptability in recreation and sport.  
But why is this important?
Well by screening your physical resources, we can gain a better picture of how to program and develop you for your specific goals. Thus giving you what you need to play and enjoy with maximum durability. 

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