Overuse Syndrome and Spinal Care

Overuse Syndrome and Spinal Care

Overuse Syndrome and Spinal Care 492 406 Oden Strength

When we think of overuse syndrome, we think of an office worker and things like carpal tunnel syndrome.

Overuse syndrome can mean the overuse of anything.

  • A runner who does nothing else will encounter the effects of overuse syndrome.
  • A labourer who is continually stooping down will also feel the effects of overuse syndrome.
  • A person working on an assembly line will feel the effects of always working on one side.
  • A nurse will feel the effects from doing things like picking up heavy patients and walking a lot.
  • A scientists working on a low bench will feel the effects of it as well.

People say to me “I don’t need to go to a gym to be healthy”.

Call it bias on my part, but that is bullshit.

Going to a gym means you are arriving at a place that you enter to maintain a body that is balanced.

Walking with a person one time, we saw an elderly person with a large kyphotic curve in their back. You may have seen this as well, as it gives the appearance of a hunchback.

“Well, that’s what old age does to you”.

This drives me insane. It has little to do with old age and a lot to do with disuse. The reason why that has happened to a person’s spine is usually because:

  • the person has lived a sedentary lifestyle.
  • the person’s spine and has never been exposed to any kind of outside pressure, being moved in a mindful way.

Especially in women a lack of resistance training leads to an earlier onset of osteoarthritis.

For a person to say that is destined to happen because of old age is ignorant.

In the picture here I am stretching my upper back (thoracic region) by applying a light load and breathing deeply into my belly.

Start simply by stretching your arms out behind you with no weight, on a flat surface. It’s a very uncomfortable position to be in initially. But if practiced frequently pays big dividends.

Side note: ever wonder what the letters C, L and T refer to when talking about the spine?

  • C = Cervical. There are 7 cervical vertebrae, with C1 and C2 at the very top allowing your head to move.
  • T = Thoracic. There are 12 thoracic vertebrae constituting the upper back region.
  • L = Lumbar. There are 5 lumbar vertebrae. In disc herniation, the disc bulging between L4 and L5 seems is very common.

Herniation means that the disc between the two vertebrae bulges and slides out, meaning that the two vertebrae make contact. The pain resulting from this is excruciating.

Look after your body.

Use your body.

To not do this is to effectively punch yourself in the face.


Coach Grant