Baby Boomers with Back Pain

When did back pain become a necessary part of aging?

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It would be safe to say that 90% of the people who come to me for pilates and fitness classes and private sessions are there because they live with back pain. While that may not be so surprising, what always shocks me is how they have learned to accept the pain as normal.

"You know, just normal lower back pain like everyone has."

"I carry all my tension in my neck and shoulders, like everyone."

"I have a weak back, so will let you know when I can't do something."

What is scary is that most of these clients are highly educated, highly functioning professionals who have been to all the best doctors, surgeons, and physical therapists (in fact, some of them are the back pain gurus that others flock to for information and help). This is also true for most of my trainer friends, all of whom have clients with back pain.

I find that the trainers who work best with people in pain are those of us who have experienced back pain ourselves. For example, I am hyper-mobile with a very unstable sacroiliac joint and a herniated cervical disc with some thoracic outlet impingement in both arms, depending on the situation. So I focus on stability in my workouts and generally I am pain-free and perfectly able to function. I do not consider back pain to be normal and when it occurs I know what I need to do.

When my friend and fellow pilates teacher Kathi Casey had sciatic pain that would not go away, she explored all paths to pain-free living. In the end what worked best for her were yoga and pilates, so she left her previous career to embark on teacher training in those disciplines. In her journey she has identified the most efficient modalities and movements for boomers with back pain, and now is sharing them in her new book, Stop Back Pain.


This relatively short and sweet book is packed with useful information, including pictures of exercise variations that will help relax and strengthen your back muscles. While a bit chatty, and full of way too many exclamation points, the information Casey presents is worth the price. Plus, in the way of most book launches today, there are over 25 bonuses you will receive simply by entering your Amazon receipt number on Casey's book launch website.

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NYC resident Lynda Lippin is a world-renowned Pilates, Fitness, and Reiki instructor with nearly 25 years of experience. She is also an accomplished writer and a former Philosophy professor. In her Featured Column, Lynda will lead you on a path towards Fitness Sanity. Got Questions? Want Lynda to checkā€¦

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