The five worst things you’ve done to your low back today…
It seems to me that people like lists.
They’re short. Concise. And should be to the point.
And if created correctly, they’re pretty easy for most people to remember.
So here goes…
This is my list of the five worst things you’ve done to you low back today:
1. You’ve flexed through your lumbar spine on fully hydrated intervertebral discs (yup, these are the same discs involved in those famous disc herniations or “slipped discs”). In fact, this was probably the first thing you did this morning upon awakening from your more than likely short and insufficient sleep.
- Sitting bent forward on the edge of your bed in that sleep induced haze right after you wake up.
- Sitting in that same bent forward and flexed position on the toilet.
- Brushing your teeth, washing your face, and maybe even standing slouched in the shower.
- Hunched over the breakfast table (you SHOULD be eating breakfast!).
2. You’ve spent more than 30 minutes (this being a fairly conservative guess) in a static and continuous slouched posture.
- Collapsed on yourself with your ribs resting on your pelvis during your commute to work (this includes planes, trains and various forms of automobiles).
- In your standard computer posture in front of that technological wonder that was designed to make your life easier and more manageable. This position likely has you with your head protruding and your shoulders rounded forward for extended periods of time.
- On the couch watching your favourite television programming (typically for a few hours) after a long, grueling and tiring day at the office.
3. You sit. And sit. And sit. Enough said. Follow the link if you need more info on the dangers of sitting.
4. You wear high heels. This one is mostly for the women out there, although, who am I to judge? This piece of fashion will confer the wearer with an instant and noticeable alteration of lower limb appearance. But at what cost?
- Centre of gravity shifts with resultant changes in weight bearing
- Increase in lumbar spine curvature (increased lordosis, possibly excessive)
- Altered muscle recruitment patterns, biomechanics and gait patterns
5. You decided that you were too tired to exercise today. This follows along with number 2. And number 3. I think everyone is aware that exercise is good for you so there’s no need to belabor that point. It’s just a matter of prioritizing it to get it done.
Yours in movement.