PT Classroom - Swinging Away Back Pain ׀ by Ben Fung, PT, DPT
Dr. Ben Fung, PT, DPT is a licensed Physical Therapist in the state of California who earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with honors. His thesis on kettlebell exercise was presented and published by the American College of Sports Medicine in 2010. In addition to lecturing at national health conferences on the science of kettlebell exercise, Dr. Fung founded “Kettlebell and Physiokinetic Fitness” which went on to become a San Diego 2011 “Best Alternative Exercise Studio” Finalist in its opening year. In addition, he also founded Kettlebell Therapy™ as a gateway to network with clients, patients, and enthusiasts. In becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy, he received advanced clinical training in the differential diagnosis of multiple systems to prescribe Physical Therapy rehabilitation, prevention, and fitness/health/wellness programs by utilizing skills and education including: physical diagnosis of musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, integumentary, and cardiopulmonary systems, clinical pharmacology, diagnostic imaging, anatomy, cellular histology, neuroscience, kinesiology, physiology, exercise physiology, pathology, psycho-social factors, and evidenced based practice.
Swinging Away Back Pain
There have been estimations stating that 80%
of Americans will experience back pain some time in their
life (Web MD, Mayo Clinic) (1). Choosing an appropriate
therapeutic, corrective exercise to address back pain can be
quite the conundrum. One of the many goals in addressing
back pain with movement is not only to modulate the pain,
but to keep the pain at bay during functional activities. Of
the many therapeutic exercises available to address back
pain, preserving functionality can be a challenge.
Correction during specific and isolated movements is more
easily achieved than it is maintained during an actual
For more on the Functional Wall Squat, please see my post,
“Breaking Down The Functional Wall Squat.”
In closing, I leave you with the encouragement to experience kettlebells for yourself and perhaps claim them as good practice for an ironclad spine.
Last revised: Aapril 1, 2012