Techniques to Protect Your Lower Back
Maintaining proper posture is a vital part of keeping your lower back healthy and avoiding conditions such as sciatica. Here are a few suggestions:
- Lift with your legs – To do this, you need to be close to whatever you are picking up and bend at the knees instead of the waist.
- Position feet properly – When you lift with your legs, it is important to keep your feet approximately the width of your shoulders apart.
- Team lift when necessary – Some loads are too heavy for one person to lift even with the proper technique. Don’t be afraid to ask a coworker or friend for assistance. You’ll need even more help if you hurt yourself.
- Strengthen your core – Your core is very important to maintaining a straight back when lifting. When your core is strong, you can lift more weight without involving your back.
- Take breaks – don’t stay bent over for hours at a time. This holds true with any activity that requires a person to get close to the ground, even if heavy lifting is not involved.
- Stretch before and after – Stretching is important for warming up muscles and keeping them from being sore.
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How can an upper neck adjustment help your lower back? Posture is key to lower back health, and the alignment of your C1 and C2 are vital to posture. Even a slight misalignment of the upper neck can cause one shoulder to drop, a hip to turn, and even one leg to be shorter. Upper cervical care is a great way to maintain your spine health and posture.