Low Back Savers From Eric Cressey

image As I was going through some articles that I have flagged to read or come back to down the road, I came across a series of articles called “Low Back Savers” by Eric Cressey.  I enjoyed these articles and think that you would benefit from them as well.  The articles are written predominantly towards the patient as the audience from the point of view of a strength and conditioning coach, but the overall message is great and pulls several theories and concepts together.

Part 1 lists Eric’s recommendations for those with low back pain.  Great advice for people looking to take a little bit of the mystery out of low back pain.  Lots of advice such as “Recognize that even though you may be asymptomatic, you’re probably still a complete structural mess” and “Recognize that you may never get a definitive diagnosis” are recommendations that I give to my patients and athletes all the time.

Part 2 continues with some or Eric’s thoughts and recommendations for those with low back pain, with more emphasis on injuries occur and how joints such as the hip and ankle can impact low back pain.

Part 3 concludes with specific exercise recommendations and lots of video demonstrations.  He breaks down some of his thoughts behind unstable surfaces and “core” programs, emphasizing the concept of neutral spine during activities.

In general, the articles are well written and referenced, which is a plus, and provide some valuable information on back pain.  I like the simplified approach and always like to take a step back and think broadly about a diverse topic such as this.  Although not all recommendations are appropriate for all patients, seems to be perfect for the majority of vague “low back pain” patients that we see, or at least a starting point for others.

3 replies
  1. Trevor Winnegge DPT
    Trevor Winnegge DPT says:

    i have enjoyed Eric Cressey's website ericcressey.com for a while. Not a lot of trainers/strength and conditioning people use references, but he does for all his articles. I think these back articles you posted are good reference for a lot of patients.

  2. Chad Ballard, PT
    Chad Ballard, PT says:

    Cressey certainly has a lot of knowledge and I like the way he references research to back up his arguments. However, it sure seems like he crosses into PT land without having a PT license (appears to go beyond his scope of practice as a strength and conditioning coach). Maybe it's my mistake and I missed his PT credentials.

  3. Joe Castelli PT CSCS
    Joe Castelli PT CSCS says:

    I totally agree with Chad Ballard. Although his articles are appropriate with some back populations, a professional must not change lanes and making recommendations into another profession especially the medical field. I 'm sure his intentions are honorable though.

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