Working in Stooped Positions
Stooped positions often result in back pain. When you stand with your back straight, the stresses on the discs and ligaments of your lower back are considerably lower than when you stand with your back bent forward. Just like the foundation of a house, if the foundation is tilted the weight of the building falls on places not designed to hold it resulting in cracks in the walls. Many activities around home and in our occupations, require prolonged periods that involve bending.
To minimize the risks involved in prolonged forward bending, interrupt the stooped position at regular intervals. It is important that you interrupt it before pain starts. Stand upright and bend backward five or six times. This is especially important if you already have lower back problems. Regular interruption of the stooped position will help relieve the adverse effects on the disc and surrounding tissues.
Lifting an object with your back rounded significantly raises the pressure in your discs compared to lifting the same object with your body upright. Using incorrect lifting techniques may cause damage and pain. Immediately before and after lifting stand upright and bend backward five or six times. This is very important when you are facing a single heavy lift. If you must lift numerous objects, one after another, frequently interrupt the lifting and repeat the bending backward exercise.
If you are suffering from lower back injury pain right now, see your chiropractor and avoid any strenuous lifting for a period of time. This will allow damaged tissues to heal. If it is not possible to avoid lifting, you must always use the correct lifting technique and avoid lifting objects that are awkward to handle. If you are lifting objects over your head, pause for a moment and contract your abdominal muscles prior to the lift. This will make the lift easier and protect you from hurting yourself.