Back pain is something that many of us experience- in fact, it’s the second most common complaint cited in doctor’s offices. It is estimated that 80% of Americans will suffer at least one episode of back pain in their lifetime, and it’s been reported that in 2010 alone Americans spent nearly $50 billion dollars on the treatment of back pain. Although there are many causes of back pain, there are some common things you may be doing in your workout that may be contributing to an already aching back. Join ACE's Jessica Matthews as she reveals some exercise Do's and Don'ts for exercisers experiencing back pain.
Jessica Matthews, M.S., E-RYT500 is faculty in kinesiology and integrative wellness at Point Loma Nazarene University and professor of yoga studies at MiraCosta College, where she helps to grow and mentor the next generation of health and wellness professionals. A dynamic speaker, respected educator, fitness industry veteran and featured wellness expert, Jessica is a trusted and recognized go-to media resource, regularly contributing to numerous publications and outlines on topics ranging from fitness and yoga, to health coaching and career development. Additionally, she serves as ACE’s senior advisor for health and fitness education, and is the lead editor and author of the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Handbook: The Professional’s Guide to Creating Memorable Movement Experiences. You can connect with her at www.jessica-matthews.com, @fitexpertjess (Twitter and Instagram) and www.facebook.com/fitexpertjess.