Monday, August 31, 2015

Able Backs

As I opened up ABLE BODIES BALANCE TRAINING I have to admit that I did not expect it to be particularly interesting just informative and borderline boring.  Sue Scott gets right to the point when she writes, "Exercise is powerful medicine that can change lives".  She describes balance as a five course meal meaning  more is involved than just one course for better balance.  One of the health concerns she writes about is Osteoporosis and Fragile Backs and Spines. Osteoporosis is not uncommon particularly among women with age.  However, age is not the only factor to consider. Smaller women are more prone to have it as well. Other back problems warrant special consideration  such as kyphosis.  Unsupported forward and side bending can lead to trouble.   When seated, bend from the hip instead of rounding through the back.  Any movements involving the back should be done slowly with consideration; no jerking around here.  In a standing position leaning from the hip, a hip hinge, with soft knees is a better choice than bending though the back. Certain Pilates moves such as rolling can also create problems for those with back issues.  Unless your doctor has given you a green light, proceed with caution.  Matter of fact, with all matters of the back proceed with caution.  One careless move..... Have a good Monday everybody!