5 Tips to Save Your Back
The muscles, ligaments and discs of your back do a big job, supporting your spine and moving the weight of your body. Good posture, exercise and correct body mechanics help keep your back flexible and strong.
We have some tips to help save your back. Massage therapy is known to help with posture by stretching shortened muscles and fascia (the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles and other tissues), freeing movement around the joints, and relieving muscle contractions that can pull you out of alignment.
Here are the 5 tips to save your back
Distribute Weight Evenly. Spread your feet shoulder-width apart for stability when moving or working. Stand evenly on your two feet.
Strengthen Abdomen. Practice feeling your center of gravity in your abdomen. Many people try to move from their upper bodies, which is less efficient than moving from your pelvis, hips, and abdomen. Practice strengthening exercises for your abdomen. Take a class or ask for advice from an exercise instructor or specialist.
Lift Properly. To pick up a load, stand close to it. Squat and use your legs to lift it, keeping your back upright and the object close to your body. Avoid twisting as you lift.
Kneel. Kneel down on one knee to retrieve something from the floor.
Limit Twisting. When reaching for an object overhead, keep your shoulders and hips facing it — remember not to twist.
As licensed massage therapists, we will not diagnose a medical condition. and consequently, this information is not intended to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. So always seek the advice of your physician first when it concerns relief from pain. Because there are many conditions with similar symptoms and some of these are life-threatening and require medical attention.
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