Don’t blame your bad discs – help them!

Don’t blame your bad discs – help them!

Articles, Lifting, Neck Back, Recovery, Spine, Tactical
Don’t blame your bad discs - help them!  This article was originally published in The Raider Patch: Magazine of the U.S. Marine Raider Association If you've had a healthcare provider say your back pain is because of bulging or degenerated spinal discs, you'd expect them to tell you how to fix said discs, right? Unfortunately, I bet many people in this situation have been told this is nothing that can be done. Disc replacement is a thing, but it's nowhere near perfect yet for the lower back. So most doctors offer one type of solution: pain management. They provide pain drugs, injections, and sometimes even anti-depressants. Relief, yes, but not repair. While there is no doubt that pain relief is important so that you can go about your life, it isn't…
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What the Cup! Cupping Therapy for Sports and Tactical Injuries

What the Cup! Cupping Therapy for Sports and Tactical Injuries

Articles, Lower Body, Neck Back, Recovery, Running, Spine, Tactical, Upper Body
What the Cup! Cupping Therapy for Sports and Tactical Injuries  This article was originally published in The Raider Patch: Magazine of the U.S. Marine Raider Association "The octopus got me again!" Cupping therapy, also known as vacuum therapy, is a negative pressure treatment applied over the skin to treat physical pain and injuries. Cupping increases blood flow, releases old blood and scar tissue deposits, and decompresses underlying structures (up to 4 inches under the surface!) A transient pattern of purple circle marks over the treated area is a signature side effect in stressed or injured tissues where old debris has been "drawn up." Recipients appear to have been attacked by a particularly vigorous sea creature. Skin response 15 minutes after a cupping treatment in a person with neck injuries, frequent dehydration…
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How to deadlift after back pain or injury (without hurting yourself, again)

How to deadlift after back pain or injury (without hurting yourself, again)

Articles, Lifting, Neck Back, Spine, Tactical
How to deadlift after back pain or injury (without hurting yourself, again) This article was originally published in The Raider Patch: Magazine of the U.S. Marine Raider Association You might have been here before: A sharp pinch, a stabbing pain, an audible "POP"… you've thrown your back out! While getting hurt can squash your entire workout routine, back pain can be incredibly disruptive to even the most thoughtfully crafted program.  Regaining a restful night's sleep is usually a top priority in the immediate aftermath of a back injury. But sooner or later, you know that you'll need to make an agreement with your spine to trust loading again. And when that loading involves the deadlift, even the most experienced weightlifter may dread the conversation between brain and body.  Luckily, a simple…
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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

Articles, 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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