How many times per day do you reach to the floor?

How many times per day do you reach down to the floor to pick up a light object? Consider how you do this reaching because it is quite frequent. And if you bend/twist your back every time, you are at high risk for back pain. So let’s consider a typical weekday and count up the …

Charging your cell phone and laptop

Unless you follow my blog regularly and have begun to think like a PT, you probably have never thought about body mechanics while plugging in your electronic devices. But everything you do can and should be done with good body mechanics so as to PREVENT PAIN! So here are some tips for the next time …

Prevent recurrent daily PAIN

“It hurts every time I…” Fill in the blank. What activity causes you some pain or discomfort every time you do it? Here are some examples: 1. Feeding the dog. 2. Blow drying your hair. 3. Playing tennis. 4. Running. 5. Working in the yard. 6. Picking up your child. 7. Sitting in a certain …

The perfect SQUAT

In light of yesterday’s video, “How to make a bed,” let’s talk about squatting. Can you squat down to the floor while keeping your back straight? If there were a 20-lb. box on the floor, could you pick it up by squatting the right way? Can you make your bed without bending your back? Just …

How does a P.T. think?

Today I was making some videos for you all about body mechanics. I will be editing and posting them soon, so stay tuned! But it brought to mind how good body mechanics is second nature for me. For my patients (or family members), it takes much more effort and thought. So let me explain how …

Scary PAIN Statistics

Adults who had low back pain that lasted 1 day or more in 2009:      26% of males, 30.2% of females    (1) Adults who had neck pain that lasted 1 day or more in 2009:      12.6% of males, 17.5% of females   (1)  Number of non-institutionalized adults with diagnosed arthritis in …

Back trauma and future PAIN

There are two basic forms of trauma to the back: major trauma, such as a one-time event and repeated micro-trauma. The good news is that both can be avoided (at least most of the time). Major back trauma can be avoided by proper body mechanics (every time), caution with activities (such as moving heavier objects), …