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Protecting Your Back

Use Proper Body Mechanics for Back Protection


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@GREENSHADE: When doing the dishes, open the cabinet under the sink and rest the front half of your foot (left or right) there. It is very helpful. If you do not have a cabinet there, fix yourself up with a box that you can use. You don't want it to be too high. Try a few heights to see what works best. Report
I personally have a tought time with the back gestapo. I still prefer to lift the "improper" way as I guess I was blessed with a strong back (yes I have hurt it in the past once due to my own stupidity but more often to MVA'S not my fault and accidents at work). I personally find its better to keep as fit as I can and to look after my back by having a strong core and back muscles.
Thanks for the suggestion about propping up one foot while bathing a pet in the sink. I'll try that when I'm doing dishes - the only time I really have back pain. Report
I work in a hospital and always need to lift patients, so have always tried my very best to be "back injury conscious" however, I somehow injured my sacroiliac joint this spring. Not fun, lots of sciatica and still gives me pain even after Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, pain shots into the joint, exercise, etc. Never would have even considered a SI joint injury. Am told that strengthening the core is the key to prevention of it. Wished I'd known before. Report
I would also like exercises to strengthen the core muscles - like DewyDame, I also have spondylolisthesis, a bulging disc, and osteoarthritis in the lumbar spine area. Have had the injections and nerve ablation and am much improved however I need to exercise core muscles and don't want to cause injury since I feel so much better. Can you help? Report
Very good, concise article. Would like to see more coverage for people with special needs. Thank you.

I have spondylolisthesis, and was told to quit all exercise until the symptoms disappear. After 2 epidurals, I am doing much better. Doctors tell me to exercise, lose weight (doing that), strengthen the core, be sure not to arch the back or twist the back, and stretch the hamstrings. When I asked what to do, I was given ONE Pilates exercise called Boat Pose. Cycling I can do but NordicTrak arches my back too much. I was told to walk also, but I arch my back too much walking, for now. I am on a waiting list for water walking and water aerobics.

I was told this general rule: If I have sciatic pain again, stop.

In the past I loved Curves and my NordicTrak and dance aerobics.

Because I can't do my "favorites" my emotions tell me that I can't do any exercise. lol

What exercises on SP's site are possibilities to try?

Joan Report
For those who, perhaps due to hip problems, cannot squat, it's wise to have one of those grabbers on hand on every floor of your home. It'll save your back a lot of unnecessary - and unhealthy - strain. Report

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