Managing Low Back Pain A Challenge for the Next Millennium. OUTLINE. Incidence of Low Back Pain What is Low Back Pain Anatomy of Low Back Pain Causes of Low Back Pain Signs and Symptoms of Low Back Pain Diagnosis Treatment of Low Back Pain (Surgical/Nonsurgical) Back Pain Prevention
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• Get close to the object
• Bend your knees and grasp the object firmly
• Lift straight up (don't twist!) in one fluid motion
• Hold the object close to your body
• Move close to where you want to place the object
• Bend you knees when lowering the object Wrong!!
• Feet slightly apart • Knees straight • Chin slightly tucked in • Shoulders back
Exercise can be fun!!
Don't ignore unresolved pain
Remember ...Poor posture and incorrect body mechanics are two of the leading causes of neck and back pain
It is ok to assume other sitting positions for short periods of time, but most of your sitting time should be spent as described above so there is minimal stress on your spine.
a. Sit at the end of your chair and slouch completely b. Draw yourself up and accentuate the curve of your
back as far as possible. c. Hold for a few seconds d. Release the position slightly (about 10 degrees). This is a good sitting posture.
It is important that all three normal back curves be present while you are sitting, especially for people who sit for long periods of time.
A small, rolled-up towel or a lumbar support pillow is a great way to help you maintain good sitting posture and avoid spinal stress.