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BAD HABITS: THE CAUSE OF LOWER BACK PAIN


Did you know that 70-90% of people suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives? The tricky thing about lower back pain is that it often isn’t caused by an accident or injury. It is caused by our everyday habits.

As a Chiropractor, all too often I hear the same phrases, “All I did was bend over to tie my shoes… All I did was pick up my child… All I was doing was hanging the washing on the line”. Patients are constantly baffled as to how a simple movement could create so much pain.

The answer is simple, it didn’t! This was just the final straw in a string of ‘bad habits’.

Each simple daily activity whether it is sitting down, carrying groceries or even working out, stimulates either good or bad movement.

Picture a balloon. Every time you perform a ‘good’ movement you release air from it. On the other hand, each time you perform a ‘bad’ movement, more and more air is blown into the balloon. Eventually, it can’t take any more stress and POP!

Now this balloon represents the muscles, joints and discs in your back. Over time it can no longer handle the stress of these ‘bad’ movements and just like the balloon, POP! … And all you did was pick up a pen.

In some cases there is a clear cause, for example from direct trauma or a car accident. In most cases though, it is the repetitive movement that is doing the most damage.

Lower back pain is a complex issue and with the assortment of activities we do each day, it can be hard to pinpoint the exact cause of pain. It is important to take care of your back and listen to the warning signs of your body. You can’t just take care of it to today, it needs to be everyday!

So remember, don’t flex your lower back and instead hinge from your hips and bend with your knees. And don’t forget to activate your core!

Dr. George Diab is a Chiropractor and Physical Therapist located in Gregory Hills, Narellan and owner of The Sport and Health Clinic. He specialises in providing joint and muscle pain relief by combining chiropractic adjustments, muscle release techniques and exercise rehabilitation. To make an appointment visit www.sportandhealthclinic.com.au

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