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JIU-JITSU'S SECRET: BACK PAIN


That's correct. One of Jiu-Jitsu's biggest secrets isn't a new way to Berimbolo yourself into a RNC from standing. It's actually back pain, to be precise...lower back pain. "Why coach, why?" Well, when you spend that much time curled in a ball-like shape, plus add in constant pulling on your neck and lapels, and you're going to develop pain from strain. It's as inevitable as the sun coming up each day. Not to mention, as we get older some of us develop arthritis, and others have other back issues from use and abuse.


Over 15 years of just training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling, I have had every type of back pain for one reason or another. In fact, I've been to the doctor so often they have my entire spine on xray. Not to mention all of the physical therapy visits, with the most recent one being two and a half months long. Bottom line, I have some experience with this chronic condition.


Needless to say, I have a laundry list of stretching and strengthening exercises for treating the back that I've gathered over the years, and that I use several times a week. Lacrosse balls and the foam roller are my silent therapists. I even bought a kneeling ergo chair and standing desk so I never sit at work, unless I'm in the work truck. However, it wasn't until recently that I was introduced to a short 12 minute video for treating your lower back, from my son of all people. He raved about it for weeks, if not months, until I finally tried it out with him.


At first, I was skeptical. Let's face it, I had been through so many PT sessions and had so many personal massages, I just didn't think it would help. But then I did it again...and it helped. And again...no pain for a day or two. Again...four to five days of no pain. I continued to throw in the 12 minutes each time I worked out at home as a finisher. Here's what I'll tell you, I have more days of no pain than I do with it. Over time, I've become less skeptical and more a believer.


If you suffer from low back pain, I highly recommend you give this method a try for one month. It's 12 minutes of your life. Do it once a week, or more if you have the time. The design of the program doesn't require a long recovery period. Follow as prescribed and reap the rewards. Let me know your results! Take care.




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