How to make hanging from a pull up bar more effective for low back decompression

How to make hanging from a pull up bar more effective for low back decompression

Neck Back
How to make hanging from a pull up bar more effective for low back decompression Hanging from a pull-up bar to decompression your spine is a great way to reverse the effects of gravity and reduce many types of low back pain. There’s just one problem: some of the muscles used to hang actually contribute to spinal compression.  Case in point: the Lat muscles attach to some of the thickest tissue fibers in your body, wrapping the low back and protecting it from high forces generated during bending, lifting, and pulling tasks:  ✅ Here’s a quick fix: place a box or sturdy stool under the pull-up bar such that your feet touch with some slight bend in the knees. You’ll reduce the muscle work required of the Lats, reducing their…
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Why Your Back Hurts After Rucking and What You Can do About It

Why Your Back Hurts After Rucking and What You Can do About It

Spine, Tactical
Why Your Back Hurts After Rucking and What You Can do About It Originally published in The Raider Patch: Magazine of the U.S. Marine Raider Association Rucking can be really tough on your back. All of our clients who regularly participate in rucking have experienced at least occasional back pain. Of course, some muscle soreness is to be expected; after all, carrying 90+ pounds is no easy task, even over short distances. It’s almost like carrying another person. And the fact of the matter is that your spine is only meant to bear your own weight. But some people experience pain that goes beyond the typical muscle soreness. If that sounds like you, you’ve probably wondered what causes that pain and whether or not you should be worried about it.  The…
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