80 percent of adults will fall victim to painful disorders of their lower backs at some point in their lives. It is the most common cause of disability for people before the age of forty-five, and second only to the common cold as a cause for a visit to the doctor. Back disorders account for nearly a third of the occupational injuries involved in lost work time.
We must have a strong and stable lower back to walk, stand, sit, stoop, squat, or lift; in short, a healthy and strong lower back is critical for virtually every activity of normal daily living.
A variety of factors can cause lower back problems, such as genetic predisposition, old age, disuse and injury. Unless we act to prevent it, the march of time robs us of muscle mass, bone mass, and strength in the lower back, as well as elsewhere in the body. As the strength in the lumbar muscles ebbs, the force of gravity overwhelms the muscular support structure, and, as a result, the spaces between the vertebrae start to narrow.
Improving the strength of the lumbar muscles and connective soft tissues has long been recognized by orthopedists, chiropractors, and physical therapists as the cornerstone of low back rehabilitation. There is no doubt that regular strength training of the lumbar spine will both prevent and resolve lower back pain. The challenge is how to accomplish this goal.
The lumbar muscles can only be effectively isolated using a lumbar extension machine. Lumbar extension machines are designed with a series of restraints that prevent tilting of the pelvis, rotation around the hip joints, or contribution from the big and strong muscles of the buttocks and thighs that would interfere with the work of the low back muscles.
This unique piece of equipment is part of a Concept 10 10 workout.