Made2Move is a health, wellness, and fitness-oriented physical therapy practice with locations in Charleston and Summerville. Similar to Longevity Fitness, their method places great emphasis on making mindful lifestyle changes, moving consistently and purposefully, and a working toward a sustainable, long-term plan for living your healthiest (and longest) life. As we anticipate our upcoming workshop with Made2Move, we started a conversation Dr. Hannah Breal, PT, DPT on managing back pain and promoting spinal health.
WIth a mission of empowering patients to take control of their health, Made2Move believes that you can achieve anything through the right medical care, movement practice, and lifestyle changes.
"Our current medical environment is quick to tell us that we are broken and need to be 'fixed' with pills, shots, or surgery - M2M is here to show you another way. Your body is strong, resilient and adaptable, and has the amazing ability to heal itself. We provide physical therapy and health coaching to help people get out of pain, get back to doing what they love, and improve their health, wellness, and performance in the gym. We prioritize having real relationships with our patients and giving our patients the tools to take their lives back." -Hannah Breal, PT, DPT of Made2Move
OUR Q&A WITH DR. HANNAH BREAL, PT, DPT
A lot of people are worried about posture - how much does posture play a role in back pain? (asking for those of us with a sitting job!)
Okay, I have some awesome news. There’s actually no “bad” or “incorrect” posture or way of moving or sitting/standing. Phew! Posture has received a lot of attention, but it’s important to know that the evidence and research does NOT support posture being the cause of back pain.
We like to say “your best posture is your next posture” as our bodies were made to move and our bodies feel better with regular movement. (Sitting is not the new smoking - sitting is not killing you. However, if you are completely sedentary, that’s where you may run into problems. But I promise it’s not the act of sitting that’s hurting you!)
Posture has been demonized but sitting or standing in a certain way won’t inherently hurt/injure you. Our bodies like to move in a lot of different ways. In fact, when we tell people they can only move or sit/stand in a certain way (ie. “good” posture) - this can actually contribute to them experiencing pain! There’s no one position that’s inherently bad for you, it’s more likely our bodies can become sensitive to prolonged positioning. Those sensations you get are your body telling you to move!
For people that have a job that consists of mostly sitting, here are a few tips:
Your go-to spinal strengthening exercises?
You want to feel like your back is strong and resilient, so you've got to train your back like you do any other area or muscle. Specific back exercises are useful to increase tissue capacity and overall resiliency. The best program for you will definitely depend on your goals, but I do have a few personal favorites:
To feel strong and empowered:
Feel good in multiple ways of movement:
Our bodies are extremely strong, resilient, and adaptable. This means that if you load your back, given the right dosage of stressors/recovery, your back will adapt positively and be stronger for it.
Intrigued? Us, too. Learn more about the Made2Move method in our upcoming workshop on Friday, October 1 at 10:30am, right here at Longevity Fitness. Dr. Hannah Breal, PT and Dane Gifford, PTA of Made 2 Move Health & Human Performance for an eye-opening workshop on back health. You'll walk away with an understanding of your back pain and what exactly contributes to it, along with a greater sense of confidence and control in managing your back pain. Sign up using the link below in advance as space is limited!