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Protecting Your Back

Use Proper Body Mechanics for Back Protection

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  • Doing laundry: Always squat or kneel to get clothes in and out of the dryer. Avoid twisting back and forth from machine to laundry basket. When folding clothes, sit with clothes in front of you, or have them on a surface that allows you to stand up straight.
  • The guidelines may seem like commonsense, but when you're busy (or just not thinking about it) it's easy to make mistakes here and there. Just because your back doesn't hurt now doesn't mean that you aren't causing some damage. So don't let your back cause you any more grief. Protect it now so you can enjoy all the experiences that life has to offer.
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    Sara Hambridge Sara Hambridge
    Sara is a graduate of Saint Louis University's physical therapy program. She practices physical therapy and enjoys sand volleyball, yoga, and Pilates.

    Member Comments

    • 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 :) - 1/24/2016 11:09:14 AM
    • 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? - 11/25/2015 6:30:52 AM
    • Boy do I have lower back issues. Thank you for the tips! - 11/22/2015 2:18:18 PM
    • my work offered a "healthy back" class. It was wonderful! - 9/10/2015 10:27:10 AM
    • JAMALRAJ
      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. - 6/12/2015 11:29:06 AM
    • 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. :-)
      - 6/12/2015 10:31:10 AM
    • CAROLORRAI
      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.
      - 6/12/2015 8:16:03 AM
    • UTAHCOUNTRYGIRL
      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! - 3/26/2015 9:58:08 AM
    • This is so very interesting! Thanks for sharing. - 3/17/2015 9:22:34 AM
    • SISSYC2
      A few years ago I had a herniated disc. Physical therapy helped but I read about a DVD for back pain. It is Viniyoga Therapy by Gary Kraftsow for lower back, sacrum and hips. It was a lifesaver for me. Still do it occasionally when I get twinges of pain. Well worth the $15 at Walmart. - 10/30/2014 11:15:19 AM
    • Thanks so much for this. - 10/28/2014 10:02:31 PM
    • It's NEVER too late to start working toward fitness. - 10/28/2014 7:24:33 PM
    • Being morbidly obese and working a lot at a computer, my posture, well... just sucks. I suffer from all kinds of pain. I was wondering, being 45, is there hope that I can get my back into shape and fix the posture still or is it too late and pretty much damage is done? Is there any exercise or stretching I should be doing or can do to improve things? May not be the right place to ask, if not I am sorry. - 10/28/2014 8:38:43 AM
    • THANKS - 1/7/2014 11:28:15 AM

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