Bending over can be a tricky thing when you have back pain. When done improperly, it can lead to even more pain and discomfort. That’s why it’s important to learn proper ways bend forward in order to minimize back pain.
First off, it’s important to remember that posture is key. Maintaining a straight back and good alignment will help you avoid any additional strain or injury. Secondly, when picking up something heavy off the floor, bend at the knees and squat down with a straight back. This will allow you to use your legs properly instead of straining your back muscles.
If you don’t have good mobility, try doing a lunge with one foot forward and use your glutes to press back up to standing.
When you need to bend forward for other tasks like washing your face in the sink, be sure to keep a nice “S” curve in your spine instead of a “C” curve. This will prevent compressing your discs and protect against further pain and injury.
Healing from a back injury can take time, but you can reduce the amount of time by following these tips: restore your posture, be mindful of your movement, create a balance between rest and healthy movement and let your body guide you.
A lot of people tend to pay less attention to what they are doing when bending over, but it’s important to remember that taking the extra few moments to do it properly can go a long way in terms of preventing back pain and discomfort. For more tips related to chronic pain relief, sign up for my free opt-in HERE.