Case Study: Daniel’s Back Pain Dilemma


  1. Dr. Steve,

    What a great idea using photos to demonstrate what type of things are visible.
    I might have some photos taken and look at them to see if anything similar jumps out. Can’t quite get the same results from just looking in the mirror 😉

  2. Hi Dr. Steve,
    I notice members posture too and see obvious distortions and suggest bird dogs and side bridges but had forgotten about the rib pull down. Apparently I have both mental and physical amnesia. That video was very informative, I look forward to more. Sadly, many members would rather have pain and a six pack of abs than no pain and a strong core.I tell them of my story of my weak QL and it falls on deaf ears. Some people would rather have lumbar surgery!

    • The rib cage down cue is the best thing you can ever teach someone. Especially if it can come about organically with the proper imagery.

      When it really hits home and they “get it”, life is never the same. More power, more confidence, better posture…YES!!

      And yes…unfortunately, most people are looking for a rippled stomach rather than a functional core. That’s just the way it is. Luckily the light of the deep core system is about to shine a LOT brighter! Thanks for your comment, Tim!

  3. Thank you Dr.steve fore posting this Video of me. It was really helpful!
    Now i got some answers why things are like they are:)
    I really belive after seeing this that your online coaching course can help me.
    Thank you again!

    • Thank YOU Daniel, for being willing to be a great example! We’re going to have a good time with the course! Did you try the towel or pillow under your back support zone yet?

  4. @drsteve
    Hi Dr. Steve,
    Gregg Braden told me once that when the american indians prayed for rain they actually gave thanks for the rain that was coming, they didn’t request rain. I’ll give thanks for your mom’s good health.
    I see the “baby back” what’s the “full baby back”?

    • I love that Braden story. Envisioning themselves running through the chest high corn and feeling the mud squish between their toes.

      Same difference with the baby back, sorry for any confusion.

  5. great analysis. Great that you are teaching people throughout the world these basics of good posture. Thanks.
    I would love to see more clearly how you notice the serratus, and the erector spinae. Also, discussion of sports (like golf) and how patterns of dysfunction can arrise (one side sports).

    • Thanks, Mindy. Visual inspection showed his lats being very active which usually compensate for a weak serratus. The erector overactive is also simply a visible inspection. Dysfunction patterns arise due to any chronically repeated pattern. That’s why it’s always important to do some sort of routine that balances all your muscles.

  6. this is going to sound stupid but is there a way to create a profile here on your site, so I could click on a person who is making a comment and see if I know him or her or upload our photos to that profile?

    • The best way to upload a picture to your profile is to go to and upload any picture you like and your picture will show up anywhere on the web when you leave a comment. It simply connects your image to your email account. So when you leave your email to comment online, it automatically slides your picture in. It’s very cool.

      As far as clicking on other people for their info, good question. Try clicking “register” down the right side of the page. It will ask you to set up a username and password. Let me know what that does for you and I’ll research it more on my end.

  7. It took a little toggling but you were right on both picture and profile. I don’t know how many of your students will do it but it is a nice feature.

    • Yes it is…especially the gravatar thing. I think I’ll do an email and post just on that so we can all see more faces with names. How did registering as a user change you experience at the blog? Just curious.

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