Learn the Most Effective Somatics Exercise for Back Pain
Most back pain is caused by chronically tight muscles. As we age and build up learned muscular patterns, our back muscles get increasingly tight. Most of this muscular contraction is involuntary, so we can’t easily release it.
Chronically tight back muscles are sore and painful. They compress the spine, leading to bulging and herniated discs. Compressed vertebrae and discs can then impinge the sciatic nerve, causing the condition of sciatica.
The key to regaining voluntary control over chronically tight muscles is to use very slow, conscious movements that engage the nervous system in a relearning process.
Thomas Hanna developed a highly effective movement technique called pandiculation. Pandiculation releases subconsciously held muscular contraction and brings muscles back into voluntary control. Hanna incorporated the technique of pandiculation into his system of neuromuscular education called Clinical Somatic Education.