YouTube Live: Exercise with Spinal Fusion and When is exercise bad for back pain


These past two weeks I have spent a little time getting to know YouTube Live while answering some recent questions I have gotten from you guys in my inbox. Some of the questions can be read about in more detail through articles I have published over the past few years. What I wanted to do is give you guys a chance to sit down with me and get my take on some of these topics with current beliefs and practices. Don’t hesitate to send me your questions or leave them below here and I will make a video in response!


3 Must-Follows When Exercising With Back Pain


What happens when the doctor releases you back into the wild and says “Go, go and resume normal activity, oh and make sure to exercise more!”. Rehab is over and your insurance doesn’t have any more allowance for weekly physio visits. Well, now you’re on your own. This can be a scary and extremely frustrating time because you are either one of two people when it comes to exercising with back pain.

  1. You understand that your recovery is NOT over and you continue to do the rehab exercises while progressing weeks at a time. You understand the importance of continuing to master the basics.
  2. You put too much weight in your doctors words and take his/her clearance to resume exercise as the gospel and jump right back in. After this, you begin the dance between exercise, recovery and managing your constant underlying pain with medication.

I don’t want you to be number 2. I don’t want you to be one of those people who continuously choose to exercise despite their terrible lower back pain.

Today, I am going to answer a common question I get a lot in my inbox regarding returning back to the world of “getting in shape”. Each case is different so understand that you will need to tailor your approach to your own situation but the mindset and practice will be the same across the board!


Back pain when laying down: Pain killers won’t help but this will.


Back pain when laying down?

4 non-prescription drug techniques to getting relief!

You know it’s bad when your back hurts even when you’re laying down. The last thing you want after a long shift, hard day of cleaning the house or the first leg of your cross-country RV trip is to lay down just to continue to wrestle with the same pain (if not even worse). We think we do too much walking, standing or moving around during the day so we crave that chance to simply kick our feet up and take the load off our backs. This back pain even when laying down is pretty common amongst your average back pain sufferer but always approached the wrong way when it comes to the safest and best return on your time investment. Today, I am going to show you how I approach my “rest time” when it comes to getting relief from what the day has done to my lower back.



2 Lessons From a Major Life Transition About Progressing Through Back Pain


Life transitions can be some of the most debilitating seasons of life you can go through. Some transitions are filled with positive upswings like a new dream job with higher pay and a shorter commute. While others are built around taking risks pursuing a dream or different life. Not promising anything better but simply different. To me, these transitions can be very different but both very necessary in life. Today, I want to bring you up to speed on what has been the biggest “transition” in my life and what I have learned about back pain and progressing through it.


4 Tips to Progressing Safely With Back Pain



When it comes to lower back pain and following an at home rehab program, I have narrowed it down to 2 things that play a major role in the amount of success most people either see or don’t see.

Number 1: Not knowing if what they are doing is the BEST thing for them.

Number 2: Not knowing when it is safe for them to progress to the next “level” or exercise.

Today, I want to shed some light on a few areas that need to stay in sharp focus if you’re going to venture out on your own and attack this back pain once and for all. My focus for today is for you to leave with a little more confidence in whether or not you are on the right track and progressing safely. If you’re still not sure if this article is for you then answer this question. Do you find yourself thinking or saying any of the things below?


1 – How do you know which exercises to start with if my lower back hurts?

2 – When should I try a more challenging exercise? How do I know if my lower back is ready to progress?

3 – How do I know if my lower back is ready to progress?

If so, you are at the right place!


Is Yoga Good for Back Pain?



Yoga and stretching in general, is one of my favorite topics to teach and talk about with a new client. Most of the time you hear a lot of “I get it, that makes total sense!” or ‘Oh, wow I have been doing it all wrong”. These are those Aha moments I love to bring out in people. I know a number of people who have had Yoga literally change their life for the better and others where they feel Yoga has “let them down” when it comes to healing their own chronic pain. Today, I want to shed light on a popular article that has been floating around and give you some practical advice they don’t talk about when attempting to get into Yoga from a back pain sufferers perspective.


3 Things I wish I would have been told when I was at my worst.


What do you do when nothing seems to be working? No matter what you do it seems your lower back pain just won’t go away or relief seems to get to a certain point and just stops. You thought you had things dialed in and you were on the right path but something seems to have set you back. Believe me when I say this. I have been through more than one of these negative cycles. 7+ years ago I chose to disregard anything surgeons and doctors told me and set out to find my own solution. Over the years I have become wiser and have allowed a few hand-picked professionals help me along the way but I still feel they are limited in exactly how much they could actually help. Today, I want to share with you the reality of seeking out relief for yourself. My hopes for this post is to bring encouragement to those who seem to have hit a wall and share some of my own reality, struggles, successes, and failures along the way.


How your feet impact your lower back: With a simple solution


When it comes to our feet and lower back pain, a lot of people tend to overlook the importance of the foot’s alignment for the rest of the body. Most people don’t actively engage their body with what they are doing. They don’t think how these shoes or that posture will affect their performance. We base everything off of pain. If it hurts then it must be bad. If it feels good then it must be good. Today, we are going to go on a crash course to caring for your feet, using them as the tool that they were designed for and how all this impacts your lower back.

I give a funky toe and foot stretch at the end of today’s video…be sure to catch it!


Addressing Text Neck (forward head posture) and Shoulder Stability for Lower Back Pain: Part III


Rounded shoulders, text neck, forward head posture, scapular instability are all potentially caused by muscles that are overstretched and tight along with muscles that are “stuck” short and weak. This next segment of this series is going to cover exactly how to attack these dysfunctions head on. Today we are covering exactly how to correct your text neck issue along with your unstable shoulders and why all LBP suffers need to address these things if they want to see relief. It’s not so much the specific exercises that you pick but rather the amount of time you spend focusing on these issues. To see real change you need time. Most people will stick to mobilizing and strengthening for about 2 weeks and that’s when things start to fall apart. I want to show you how ot beat the status quo and stick to it long enough to see results.