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January 5, 2009 | Karen Voight, Voight is a freelance fitness writer and the creator of a line of fitness DVDs. The latest is "Sleek Essentials."
A common mistake when performing this exercise, referred to as a plank, is to drop the hips too low and sag in the lower back area. This compresses the spine and makes the exercise less effective. When you practice this move, think of using your abdominal muscles to hold the pelvis up. -- Karen Voight 1 Begin on all fours with your wrists directly below your shoulders, fingers facing forward.
August 11, 2008 | Karen Voight
Use this stretch to release your back and hips if you've been seated for a long period of time or after brisk walking, hiking or biking. You'll stand taller and feel more energized once your spine and hips have been loosened up. 1) Sit on the floor or a padded mat. Bend your knees out to the side with the soles of your feet pressed together in front of you. Place your hands behind you on the floor, close to your hips, with fingers turned away from your body.
June 13, 2008 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A Fountain Valley High School student has been charged with threatening teachers with bodily harm if they issued failing grades, police and school officials said Thursday. The alleged threats -- sent by e-mail to at least three teachers -- were frightening at first glance but were deemed "ludicrous" as the investigation progressed, said Fountain Valley Police Det. Mike Parsons. Nevertheless, the teachers were relieved to know that a suspect had been identified, he said.
March 16, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
UCLA point guard Darren Collison came alive Saturday. Off the dribble, shooting over the long arms of 7-foot defenders Brook and Robin Lopez, making hanging floaters in the lane, banking in shots while driving toward the baseline, all of it came naturally to Collison.
October 29, 2007 | Greg Braxton
The next several days will likely be very shaky ones for the folks who run FEARnet. And they couldn't be more pleased. FEARnet, a multiplatform media outlet devoted to horror, will celebrate its first anniversary this Halloween week by unveiling its first original movie, "Catacombs," starring rocker Pink, and "Buried Alive," an original online interactive series that will allow users to "rescue" characters who have been trapped in underground coffins.
October 22, 2007 | Karen Voight
Twisting the spine after your body has warmed up helps bring the spine back to its correct alignment. This stretches the muscles along the spine, and the oblique abdominals. You'll feel a great stretch in the shoulders and fronts of the thighs. Be persistent; progress in twists is often gradual. --Karen Voight 1 Begin on all fours with your palms on the floor aligned with your shoulders, and your knees aligned under your hips. Stretch your left leg behind you, lifting it to hip height.
October 19, 2007 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
CLEVELAND -- Josh Beckett's back couldn't have been too sore. If it was, how could the Boston ace have hoisted 24 teammates, a manager, six coaches and the hopes of an entire Red Sox Nation on his shoulders and all but carried them from the shores of Lake Erie to the banks of the Charles River, like he did Thursday night?
September 24, 2007 | Janet Cromley and Jeannine Stein, Times Staff Writers
Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett's remarkable progress after a recent spinal injury has ignited hopes that one component of his treatment -- therapeutic hypothermia -- could represent a breakthrough for other victims of spinal cord injuries. But while promising, rapidly cooling the body following catastrophic spine injury may not become standard practice.
June 25, 2007 | Karen Voight, Karen Voight can be reached at
Here's an excellent antidote for all the movements we do that bend or crunch us forward. You'll feel a powerful stretch in the front of your shoulders and legs while you strengthen your back. As with all backbends, however, it's important that you do them after you are warmed up. Remember: Don't try to do too much too soon -- use this two-step approach to help you progress slowly and safely.
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