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 This article was originally published February 2019. Updated November 2022. Featured 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…
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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

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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How to treat your own back pain (and when you shouldn’t)

How to treat your own back pain (and when you shouldn’t)

Spine
How to treat your own back pain (and when you shouldn’t) "Here's what you should do about low back pain…" Tell someone you've thrown your back out again, and this is the typical advice you'll get. Friends and family mean well, but without knowing the cause of your pain, there's not much that anyone can tell you confidently that will apply to your situation.  Unfortunately, finding someone who knows how to help you often takes effort. You should do it, but we know life gets in the way. If the pain isn't that bad or doesn't show up very often, you might put it off. But this would be a mistake because the next time back pain shows up, you might not have the time or energy needed to give…
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