Are you risking low back pain?
Often it’s the little things in your life that when combined together make the difference to it. And one of the little things with low back pain is how you bend. Think how you bend at the sink. How you bend to sit down. A common pattern in people with low back pain, or who suffer with recurrent low back pain, is that they bend their low backs on simple reaching and lifting tasks. This can cause problems for the joints and discs.
There is a way you can reduce your risk.
- Keep your spine neutral and instead flex though your hips when you bend and lift.
- This will help you increase the flexibility of your hips and reduce the load on your spine.
- Not sure what I’m on about? Start by watching this. It shows the waiters bow technique. It’s excellent for getting you into the right movement pattern. Then adapt it for getting into a chair, or to bend over the sink etc. by flexing your knees.
Easy! Well… maybe. You may have trouble if you are weak or underactive in your buttock muscles, tight or stiff in your hamstrings, or weak in your back muscles for example. Get a physiotherapist skilled in this to assess you and set you moving in the right direction. You don’t have to wait until you are in pain. Learn to move well. And move more.
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