Reading Position That Decreases Back Pain

Photo: Rachel Sian

Do you read every night before going to bed? Next time you do, lie on your tummy and prop up onto your forearms as you read. This is an ideal position because it arches your back, which is a very healthy movement that most of us rarely do. Our backs do a ton of forward bending each day, as we sit, slump, bend, stoop, and recline. But how often do we stretch our spines backwards? This is one reason why so many elderly folks, or even younger individuals, are hunched forward and cannot stand tall or even sit up straight.

If you do not achieve any backward movement of your spine in daily life, you will progressively lose the ability to fully bend backwards as a normal spine should. So lying face-down and propping on your forearms is one easy way to start moving your spine in the right direction. At first it may be a little uncomfortable, but soon you will grow to like it. Start with 3-5 minutes, and if it feels fine, increase your time up to 10-15 minutes or even more.

Not only is this healthy for your back, but it has good potential to decrease your low back pain! 70% of patients with low back pain need backward movements to get better!

Lastly, this position is the perfect adjunct to reading your Bible every night. That way you are promoting both your physical and spiritual health.

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I am a Physical Therapist and Ergonomics Consultant, based out of Columbia, SC. My passion is to write about and speak about pain/injury prevention. I started Pain Talks as a consulting business in 2018.

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