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The Myths around low back pain with Dr. Kieran O’Sullivan

Dr. Kieran O’Sullivan is a Physiotherapist, Clinician, Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Limerick. His research interests are pain & injury with low back pain specifically. This episode helps debunk a lot of unhelpful myths that plague back pain sufferers. Most of the template from today’s discussion comes from the research paper Back to Basics: 10 facts every person should know about back pain

Firstly, we dive into the myth that low back pain is caused by ‘weak core muscles’. Dr. Kieran O’Sullivan dives into the helpful understanding around general strength without necessarily focusing on isolated ‘core activation’.

Next we investigate the myth around poor posture. A lot of people will hear lifting is bad for your back and slouching with cause strain, but Kieran highlights the importance of being comfortable when sitting and building up levels of tolerance for lifting anyway you feel necessary.

Lastly, our topics revolve around running with pain, effective treatment, unhelpful treatment and passive ‘hands-on’ methods. This is an eye opener from a lot of people and hopefully an empowering discussion.

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