One of my clients has a myriad of back problems including herniated discs, spondylolisthesis, low back pain, sciatica, etc. I have been gradually been helping the client to increase hip mobility and back strength to the point where performing certain activities is less painful, but the ultimate goal is to alleviate the pain all together if possible. The client is able to plank for 1 min 30 sec without issue, so I’ve been adding knee tucks to the plank recently, which the client claims is uncomfortable, but doable. I’ve also been working on increasing overall body strength with the use of the weight machine in the client’s home (BodyCraft GL Home Gym). My question is, how can I keep the program from getting stale, while also progressing the client? I like to use the equipment clients have purchased, but there’s only so many things you can do over and over and over again, without the client getting bored (especially when they admit that they only exercise out of necessity, not for enjoymeu)! Any ideas are welcome and appreciated! Side note: the client is also a recreational golfer and would like to incorporate exercises to improve back/hip mobility for that as well.
All good answers. I agree with Janet that elastic bands can provide an effective resistance with minimal risk. I also agree with Martin that aqua is an excellent modality. Simply walking against the resistance of water in the shallow end of a pool provides an effective resistance. Have your client walk both forward and backward.
On revisiting this question, I also would add that post exercise/pre-bedtime icing can be very helpful in back pain/any pain management. If you do not understand the specifics of cryotherapy, you can contact me through my profile or my website, www.hawaiifitnessacademy.com .