is Best for Back Pain
An estimated 75 to 85 percent of Americans will experience some form
of back pain during their lifetime. It is one of the most common reasons people
miss work and the most common cause of a job-related disability.
According to Dr. Craig Morton, physical medicine and rehabilitation
specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health, low back
pain is the most frequent reason patients see him. "Not surprisingly, those
with back problems fear exercise will lead to greater damage and more pain, so
they avoid it. But numerous studies have found that exercise is actually one of
the most effective interventions and preventive measures for low back pain.”
In one recent study, for example, researchers
studying airline workers who were unable to work because of lower back pain found
a structured program of exercises, with gradually increasing exertion levels,
got them back on the job faster than simply laying in bed did.
In addition, Dr. Morton says a person in good
physical shape is much less likely than the average person to injure their back
during work or daily activities.
Unfortunately, there were very few resources available to guide people
to the right type of exercise to address this dilemma. That is why Dr. Morton
and personal trainer and fitness specialist Carl Comeaux, MS, CI-CPT, have
worked together over the past two years to develop RehabZone, an exercise
program designed specifically to address the needs of people who suffer from
low back pain.
"Our goal was to create a program that would be easy for anyone to follow
and stick to,” says Dr. Morton. We tested the pilot program with a group of my
own back pain patients, and incorporated their feedback and results into the
He explains that the RehabZone exercises are gentle and progressive
movements focused on stretching, stabilizing and strengthening the core muscles,
which support and stabilize the spine. The workouts are done in the comfort of
your own home, and no special equipment is required.
The 3-DVD RehabZone program features 12 progressive workouts specifically
designed to create a stronger, healthier back and core. It addresses the three
major components of an effective physical fitness program: flexibility,
stability and strength. The program is divided into three phases, each with
four workouts that gradually increase in difficulty. Participants progress
through phases at their own pace – there is no set schedule. "Upon completion
of all three phases, you should reach a level of core strength that will not
only help reduce back pain, but also help prevent injury, which is the ultimate
goal,” says Dr. Morton.
The RehabZone DVD set and
instruction manual is available for purchase at the Lake Charles office of
Center for Orthopaedics and online at www.TheRehabZone.com, along with additional
information about the program.