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Tennis Back Pain 101

The Causes of Tennis Muscle Strains & Pelvic Clock Exercises to eliminate it

Tennis is a series of constant, frequent and sudden lower spine rotations, which can trigger acute and chronic lower back aches and injuries. This high-impact and physically intensive game cause a great deal of strain on the lower back and hip muscles, mainly when you abruptly stop and change your direction to charge towards the ball.pelvic clock for back pain

How can Tennis trigger Lower Back Pain?

Tennis is an intensive game that is particularly dangerous for individuals who suffer from impaired spinal flexibility and mobility, primarily in the lumbar spine. Lower back pain commonly occurs amongst tennis players who suffer from muscle dysfunction, articular lower back dysfunction, or postural problems.
In most cases, the combined and frequent movements of extending, flexing and rotating the spine tend to trigger the low back pain due to high lateral flexion forces. A powerful serve, if made repetitively, can cause severe strain on the back, and hyperextensions of the lower back can cause the lumbar spinal discs to compress, causing harm to the muscles, tendons and ligaments surrounding the spine.
Repetitive, great serving places high stress on the back and may result in injury. The serve hyper-extends the lower back and can compress lumbar discs. This can stress the small joints in the spinal structures as well as the muscles, ligaments, and tendons around the spine.

Pelvic Clock Exercises to Eliminate Tennis Back Pain
The pelvis clock aids in targeting specific hard-to-reach muscles in the lower back and pelvic region to promote greater hip mobility and core strength.
Let’s take a look at some moves to counter lower back pain and injuries:

Golf & Tennis Stretch

An excellent step for hip and shoulder alignment, it will help you stretch out the aching muscles and build up their flexibility. You begin by placing the pelvic clock in position and extending both, your arms and legs, towards the left. Grab your right wrist with your left hand, and stretch your right arm towards the left. Tilt your pelvis towards the right and hold this pose for at least 30 minutes. Be sure to repeat this move five times before you switch sides.The Pelvic Clock®

Hip Flexor & Piriformis Stretch

This powerful move is amazingly beneficial to engage both, the hip and lower back muscles. You begin by lying down flat and stretching out arms and legs in a relaxing position. Now, start rocking your pelvis from side to side, with the pelvic clock placed beneath your pelvis to intensify the stretch.

 

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Your lifestyle and lower back pain

While nearly half of healthy, active people over age 60 experience lower back pain, such flare-ups aren’t a feature of aging. Every day, seemingly unconscious habits can trigger the pain.

You sit all day

The more you sit the more pressure you put on the cushioned discs between the bones in your back. But that doesn’t mean you’re doomed if you have a desk job.back pain sitting all day Throughout the day, get up and walk around. This will squeeze fluid out of your discs, helping to head off pain. If you can afford it, consider investing in a sit-stand desk. People with chronic low back pain reduced their self-rated pain by 50 percent using a sit-stand desk and taking movement breaks.

You hold in all your emotions

If you keep a stiff upper lip, your back may pay for it. yoga for back painPeople who shut down during a fight with their partner are at higher risk of developing back pain, according to a 2016 study published in the journal Emotion. One reason may be that those who are upset or anxious are more likely to tense back muscles. People with chronic back pain who participated in a combination of mindfulness meditation and yoga for eight weeks reported significant improvements in back pain.

You’re sleeping on the wrong mattress

A medium firm mattress, as opposed to a very firm mattress, appears to be best for your back, according to a 2015 review published in the medical journal Sleep Health. But perhaps even more important than the firmness of your mattress is how old it is. When a mattress is past its prime, it may become soft and lumpy, which can cause your back to contort as it tries to adjust to sinking in, says Press. Experts recommend changing your mattress as often as every seven years, and immediately if it’s showing signs of wear such as sagging or holes.

Poor diet

There’s some thought that an anti-inflammatory diet — one that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, lean protein such as fish and chicken, and healthy fats such as nuts and olive oil — may help tamp down inflammation in the body that can worsen chronic pain, including back pain, Press says. But eating this sort of healthy fare may also reduce your back pain simply because it can lead to weight loss. “Even losing just five pounds can take a load off your spine,” Press explains. Indeed, studies have found that those with a high BMI (body mass index) have a higher risk of developing back pain.

Bad posture

Anytime you slouch or stoop, your back muscles and ligaments strain to keep you balanced, which can cause stress on the back. pelvic clock for back painWhen standing, make sure your shoulders are back, your stomach is pulled in, and your feet are about shoulder-width apart. If you have to stand for a while, shift your body weight from your toes to your heels (or vice versa) and/or from foot to foot. When sitting, keep your feet flat on the floor, with your thighs parallel to them, legs uncrossed. If your chair can’t support your lower back, place a small pillow behind it. Not sure you’re doing it correctly? Check your side view in a mirror, or consider seeing a physical therapist or occupational therapist for a consult.

You ramp up activity too quickly

Even those in decent physical shape, just the twisting and turning involved in certain activities like golf can cause back strain. Your spine and back muscles are less forgiving than when you were younger, so you need to make sure your body is prepared for the load put on it. Whether you're headed for a golf, tennis or yoga outing, fit in some practice time a few weeks ahead.

Pelvic Clock Exercises to Eliminate Tennis Back Pain

The pelvis clock aids in targeting specific hard-to-reach muscles in the lower back and pelvic region to promote greater hip mobility and core strength.Pelvic Clock® exercise device www.pelvicclock.com is a stretching aid for hip and lower back pain relief.

The Pelvic Clock®
The Pelvic Clock®

Let’s take a look at some moves to counter lower back pain and injuries:

Golf & Tennis Stretch

An excellent move for hip and shoulder alignment, it will help you stretch out the aching muscles and build up their flexibility. You begin by placing the pelvic clock in position and extending both, your arms and legs, towards the left. Grab your right wrist with your left hand, and stretch your right arm towards the left. Tilt your pelvis towards the right and hold this pose for at least 30 minutes. Be sure to repeat this move 5 times before you switch sides.

Hip Flexor & Piriformis Stretch

This powerful move is amazingly beneficial to engage both, the hip and lower back muscles. You begin by lying down flat, and stretching out arms and legs in a relaxing position. Now, start rocking your pelvis from side to side, with the pelvic clock placed beneath your pelvic to intensify the stretch.

Final Thoughts

With rather simple changes in your daily routine, you can move forward with less back pain. Thanks for visiting.

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The Best Time to Take Your Vitamins

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Best Time to Take Your Vitamins

Not all vitamins and supplements break down in your body the same way. So, it’s important to know when to take each product to best benefit you.

Consistency is Key

Keep in mind, supplements are most effective when taken consistently. Creating a routine will form a healthy habit and help you get the most from your supplements.
Whether that means writing down a reminder in your agenda, setting an alarm in your phone, or purchasing a weekly pill organizer, find what works best for you and stick with it!vitamin timings split up dosage

Omega 3 Fish Oil

Omega 3 Fish Oil is better digested when taken with high-fat meals.
If your breakfast typically involves high-fat foods such as eggs, butter, avocados, or smoothies, this might be the ideal time. If your lunch or dinner consists of fish, meat, or nuts, then this might be a better time for you.
Ultimately, you’ll get the best health benefits from omega 3 fatty acids when you split up your dosage with different meals rather than taking them all at once. This can improve bioavailability and provide your body with a consistent supply of omega 3 throughout the day.
One serving of Dr Tobias Omega 3 Fish Oil contains 2 soft gels so you can split up your dosage throughout the day.

Vitamin A, D, E & K

All these vitamins have something in common – they’re fat-soluble. Your body has the ability to store them for when they’re most needed. Like Omega 3 Fish Oil, they’re better absorbed when taken with a high-fat meal.

Vitamin B & C

Vitamin B and C are both water-soluble. Unlike fat-soluble vitamins, your body can only absorb a certain amount at any given time.
Therefore, we recommend splitting up your dosage to give your body a consistent supply throughout the day. Our Dr Tobias Adult Multivitamin is split into 3 tablets a day for ultimate effectiveness.vitamin timings be consistant

Probiotics & Prebiotics

There hasn’t been a whole lot of research done around ultimate consumption times for probiotics and prebiotics. However, if you’re taking them for digestive reasons, we recommend consuming them with a meal.
The bottom line is, whatever it is you take, it’s important to take your vitamins and supplements consistently to see their true effects.
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