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DONíT:  Lock out your knee joints when bending forward, stretching, or exercising. Locking out your legs increases pressure in the discs of the lower spine and stresses the sciatic nerve running down the back of your leg.

DO:  Perform your lower back stretches on a consistent basis, even when you are pain free.  Regular stretching increases range of motion and prevents problems in the future.

DONíT: Sit with a wallet in your back pocket.  A thick wallet acts as a wedge, twisting the pelvis, often resulting in pain and dysfunction over time.

DO:  Get up from your desk and move around as often as possible at work.  Also when driving on long trips, get out of the car, walk around, and stretch whenever you have the opportunity.

DONíT:  Keep your feet planted when lifting and moving objects from one area to another.  In addition, be aware of the fact that while wearing a back support, you may feel a false sense of security and lift more weight than you really should.   

DO:  Use your legs when lifting.  Position the object you are lifting as close to your body as possible without leaning forward.  Take small steps rather than twisting your torso when transferring objects from one area to another.

DONíT:  Cross your legs for extended periods.  Not only does this position decrease blood flow to the lower extremities, but it also can cause imbalance in the pelvis and strain the sciatic nerve.

DO:  Traction your lower spine by letting your legs hang down while in the deep end of a pool, using a noodle or raft to support your upper body.  If you have access to a chin up bar, hang from it while allowing the weight of your body to gently traction your lower back muscles.


Dr. Suzy is a retired Doctor of Chiropractic and active Health And Fitness Educator. 
The information and suggestions that she shares on this website are for reference purposes only and not intended to be diagnostic in any way nor a substitute for consultation with a physician or other licensed health-care professional. Always obtain a complete physical examination and discuss your specific conditions, limitations, and health history with the qualified health care provider of your choice before making major lifestyle changes. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

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