Introducing the concept of back stability, this text reviews the biomechanics of the lumbar spine and stabilization mechanisms. It shows how to establish the foundational positions and movements for the stabilization programmes; the consequences of muscle imbalance and how to address that problem; how to build abdominal muscle strength; and how to diagnose and correct bad posture. It goes on to show how to build back fitness with weight training equipment, and provides many dynamic control exercises for going on to advanced rehabilitation and stability. The parts are pulled together in a back stability programme for each client, and the text goes on to show how to avoid back injury at home and at work.
Christopher M. Norris, MSc, MCSP, has more than twenty years of experience as a physiotherapist and sport scientist. His specialty is exercise therapy. He is currently the director of Norris Associates in Manchester, UK.
An expert on back stability, Norris is the author of four books. One of his books on sports injuries is in its second edition and has been adopted by most physiotherapy schools in the United Kingdom. He has taught for the British Association of Sports Medicine on flexibility training and back rehabilitation. In addition to serving as a consultant to major companies, Norris also published the first-ever review of back stability in a series of articles in Physiotherapy Journal.
Norris is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine. He holds a certificate in occupational health physiotherapy, an advanced certificate in acupuncture, and a certificate in business administration.
He and his wife Hildegard live in the Peak District National Park. He enjoys hill walking and ju jitsu.