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Protecting Your Back

Use Proper Body Mechanics for Back Protection


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  • Thank you! I have back problems, and I'm now having to really how I lift and move.
  • Back surgery a few years back.....the main culprit was when I was about 17 yrs. old and a neighborhood idiot that had way too many beers thought he could lift me up and put me in another chair......he, I, and the chair went crashing down hard.....was never right after that day.....then come along in my 60's and had to have surgery of a ruptured disc
  • A lot of people don't know that back injuries can be cumulative rather than being caused by doing something wrong one time, so doing things that don't seem to hurt your back can be adding one more straw at a time to the camel's back until there are enough to break it (figuratively speaking). So take the advice given here even if not taking it doesn't seem to be causing a problem.

    Not twisting while holding weight is sound advice: if you want to squish something on the ground with your foot you instinctively put the ball of your foot on it and press down while twisting your foot back and forth. This is what you are doing to the soft disks between your vertebrae when you twist while holding weight.
  • Thank you, good tips. Sadly I can't squat (much) because of a chronic bursitis of the hip.
  • From someone with back problems, I appreciate the reminders. Thank you.
  • Very good reminders! It is so easy to make a wrong move and end up recuperating for weeks!
  • I have a bad back and a excruciating arthritic knee... so much of the advice for my back is impossible because of my knee, and vice versa. I'm adapting and using exercises and tips that don't hurt... and it's a huge challenge. However, I keep moving :)
  • These are very useful tips for people who are suffering from back pain badly. These exercises will be very beneficial for anyone who wants to get better by doing natural exercises. CureCrowd provides you data regarding your medical issues and possible treatments for the same.

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  • You think we're NOT kneeling by the bathtub?
  • Boy do I have lower back issues. Thank you for the tips!
  • my work offered a "healthy back" class. It was wonderful!
    Best way to protect your back - While sitting, keep your feet behind your knees. This way the back does not have to bear undue force.
  • Instead of bending over to wash a pet, find a self-serve dog wash. Most have elevated tubs so you don't have to reach. :-)
    To chaplaintwagner: It is never to late. I was morbidly obese at 55. I decided it was time to do something. I got a diet plan at the Hospital, got a tredmill and started to work. It took me about 1 1/2 years to loose 100Lbs, I wanted to do it slow. I am now 71, and I will always be a work in progress, but I go to the GYM every other day, and try to eat right most of the time.
    See if you can set up a work station where you can sit or stand. Sitting is the new health hazard, right along with smoking.
    I saw this thread right when I was having problems with my back. Seems I always see something relevant to me at that time. Pretty cool!

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