The 5 Steps to Reversing Chronic Back Pain

Uncategorized Apr 12, 2020

Written by Dr. Ryan Peebles, DPT


Step 0 – Believe

Biggest mindset component: You will get better and you must know it to be true. It’s a prerequisite.

Step 1 – Mindset Shift – Adopt a “Whole Body” Perspective.

Look at your body as a whole unit. You may feel that something is wrong with your “back”, but you must begin to understand that this is not entirely accurate. Your back is just taking the biggest hit for something that’s going wrong on a broader level.

Your back is at your core. Literally, your lumbar spine is inside your core. It is central to your entire body. What better place to manifest pain when there is an imbalance in your body? Change your perspective about what your back pain represents. You don’t have a “bad back”. Your core is out of balance.

Further, when you have back pain, you don’t just have an injury to a joint (like an ankle injury), you have an injury to the core of who you are....

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What Is Your Core?

Uncategorized Apr 12, 2020

Written by Dr. Ryan Peebles, DPT


First, I’ll say that your core is much more than muscles, but before we get weird, let’s talk about your core from an anatomical prospective. Many people tend to think of the abdominals when they hear core. That’s not wrong, but your core also includes the rest of your trunk muscles: front, sides and back. If you want to get technical, it’s any muscle group that has a direct influence on the positioning of your spine, pelvis or ribcage. This includes hip muscles like your gluteals or “glutes”, and even some shoulder muscles. Note: the glutes are one of the most important core muscle groups, and one of the major focuses of Core Balance Training.

Let's get weird.

On a deeper level, your core is much more than that. It’s energy. It’s a source of power. A mindset. A foundation. It’s being grounded. It’s coming from your center. It’s your network of neurons connecting everything together...

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Stress and Back Pain: What’s the Connection?

Uncategorized Apr 11, 2020

Written by Dr. Ryan Peebles, DPT


We hold stress in our bodies.

Stress is a powerful energy. We all have stress. We all process it differently. Depending on how we process it, stress has an uncanny ability to present itself in physical form in our bodies. Whether that be through headaches, high blood pressure, shallow breathing, increased heart rate, fatigue, loss of appetite, grey hairs, wrinkles, or illness. You name it, stress can manifest itself in any number of ways. One common manifestation of stress is muscle tension.

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A lot of the symptoms I listed above are actually a result of stress induced muscle tension. You may have heard of tension headaches? This is from the tension people hold in their neck muscles. Personally, I tend to hold stress in the front of my hips, or my hip flexor muscles. This is a common area and has a direct impact on the lower back.

Let’s go deeper

Hopefully you’re on the same page with me that stress makes us more tense. Well...

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Surgery: To Be or Not To Be?

Uncategorized Apr 11, 2020

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Written by Dr. Ryan Peebles, DPT


If you have non-specific back pain and surgery is something you are considering, there is something very crucial you should know. Ready? Here goes… Whether you get surgery or not, you will still have to undergo a lengthy rehabilitation program. That’s because back surgery doesn’t get to the root of the problem. It addresses the symptoms, or results of the problem. Either way, you must put in the hard work of addressing the underlying factors that caused problem in the first place. Otherwise the downward spiral continues. So why not commit to a solid rehab program before surrendering to the knife.

Still Unsure?

When making a decision, it’s really about how much the pain is a limiting factor. If it’s manageable, I would try an honest attempt at getting your core back into balance which can actually encourage healing of the disc. If it’s intractable back pain then surgical intervention might be...

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