After completing the 4 Way Straight Leg Raise progression and the Multifidus Assessment that are in the step 1 and 2 posts you are ready to move on to Fixing Your Squat. The Overhead Squat is a movement pattern that requires a certain amount of range of motion of multiple joints throughout the body. The importance of having a good overhead squat pattern with low back pain is simple. If you can properly perform the overhead squat then I know that you can get in proper position for 80% or more of the daily movements that people perform while keeping your spine in a neutral and stabilized position to prevent injury or continued wear and tear. So go through the video below and work the exercises until your overhead squat is corrected.
If you have been working on step one and your pain level is reducing and is below a 3/10 in intensity you can move on to step 2. Just remember the more you perform these exercises along with steps 1 and 3 the faster you get results.
In order to fix your low back pain your muscles throughout your low back must be working correctly to stabilize your low back. If you are a patient of mine then we have likely gone through the muscle testing and discussed which ones are not working correctly, but below is the 4 Way Straight Leg Raise assessment and treatment videos to walk you through how to test and retest yourself to see your improvement. Once you are able to maintain a negative (no pain or restricted motion) with the 4 Way Straight Leg Raise assessment then move on to step 2 of fixing your low back pain.
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