If you’re like me, you use Dr. Google for everything. All the information (and more) you could ever hope to find is out there, right? So it makes sense to start with the DIY route to fix your back...doesn't it?
I’m all for DIY’ing. Our family is totally into the DIY thing. My husband has been doing his share of plumbing repairs around our house and Google has really helped us figure those things out…cause we are not plumbers.
As for taking care of your own health, I’m all for that too! The problem comes when you’re not really sure what your specific problem is so it’s hard to know what “fix” to look for.
So if you have been trying back exercises and they make you worse, but the person showing you how to do them raves how they made her completely better, is she a liar? Well, maybe. :) But maybe the exercises were perfect for their problem, but not good for yours at all.
“Wait! I have low back pain, they had low back pain. That’s pretty specific. And it sounded just like my pain.”
First, there are quite a few things that could be going on in the low back (or elsewhere) that can sound like the same thing but aren’t.
Second, that person isn’t you. Even if you get lucky and find exercises for something that sounds just like what’s going on with you, it’s not going to work the same for everybody.
One big reason is daily habits. If you sit in an office most of the day, you’re going to react differently than say, an athlete, to the same exercises. Those two people would be in totally different places physically.
Not to mention history of injuries, genetics, your posture, your general health and healing ability, etc. (Btw, have you ever noticed how similar postures are in family members? Like down to the same foot turning out the same way.)
Basically, even if you do similar exercises for similar problems, how your body vs. someone else’s body reacts to them can vary quite widely.
The other issue is it’s really hard to know exactly what is going on with your body if you don’t really even know what all those crazy diagnoses names are. Not that you have to memorize them, but if you’re trying to find exercises for say, back pain vs. spinal stenosis at L5/S1, you’re going to get something very general that could be for any numerous back problems. Most of which require different approaches to treatment.
What I’m trying to say is not that you can’t find good exercises online, but rather if you’re just shooting in the dark trying to find something that works, don’t.
If you’re serious about getting exercises specifically for you to help with your problem so you can get back to living your unique life, it’s better to get pointed in the right direction and so you can know if how your body responds to the exercises (soreness, pain, etc.) is a good thing or a bad thing. Whether to keep pushing or try a new direction.
And once you’re on the right track, you’ve got to keep going. Doing the same exercises day after day, week after week, will not take you very far. It’s like staying at level 1 of piano lessons or a game (or job) forever. That’s boring. And a waste of time.
Progress is important! And usually when you’re looking for “back pain exercises” online, they’re a one-and-done deal. No progress.
So my philosophy is if you aren’t having pain or a problem and just want some general back strengthening exercises, it’s possible to find that with an online search.
If you ARE having pain or other issues and you’re looking for a solution, save your time trying to find a fix for that online. For one, nobody is giving the whole enchilada away for free. And for two, that enchilada wasn’t made for you specifically. ;)
Know what I mean?
General Strengthening —> Can DIY.
Fix a Specific Problem (For. Ev. Er.) —> Get Some Help.