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Oh, My Aching Back!

Let’s face it, we’re tough on our backs. Stressful living and working, poor posture, improper body mechanics and excess weight can be very destructive to the structures of the low back. Add to these, the normal aging process and it’s easy to se why low back pain is so common. In fact, an estimated 80% of the general population can expect to experience back problems at some point in their lives.


A proactive lifestyle is essential. Regular walking and/or performance of a professionally designed exercise program is a great start. In addition, diligent adherence to some basic postural and body mechanics principles is crucial. For example, when you are upright, a natural hollow or reverse curve of the low back should be maintained. When you are bending and lifting, remember that hollow of your back. Bend from your hips and knees and keep your head and chest up. When you are sitting, maintain that hollow of your low back. A pillow or lumbar roll can be used as needed. Getting out of these positions, by slouching or bending improperly, puts excess stress on the discs and ligaments of the low back. Repeated stresses to these structures can cause injury. Also remember to change positions frequently when sitting or standing or prolonged periods.

By adhering to a regular exercise program, learning to maintain proper posture in any position and improving your body mechanics while bending and lifting, you will reduce the stress on you back , thereby actually improving your quality of life.

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Written by Brooks Juneau

February 1, 2005 at 7:35 pm

Posted in Back

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