BACK PROBLEMS: One of the biggest health problems in the world. It’s a $22 billion dollar industry
If we don’t maintain our car, what would happen? Would you like to be at your optimal health potential?
Four out of five (or 80%) of these back aches could have been avoided. Currently, 60-80 million Americans are coping with back pain. HOW CAN BACK PAIN BE AVOIDED?
WILL EXERCISE HELP YOU AVOID BACK PAIN? Marathon runners get it. Body builders get back pain People who exercise get it
NATURE HAS A LAW: “Anything that needs maintenance and is neglected will develop a problem with time”.
There is a disc between each bone in the spine. The nerves exit the bone to supply all the parts of the body.
If you choke off a nerve by twisting the bone around it, the bone starts to crush the nerve. Just like a light with a dimmer switch; if you turn the electrical current down, the light won’t shine as brightly. If you cut off some of the nerve supply to an organ, the organ isn’t going to function as well.
The discs are made out of something like jelly. As long as your spine is aligned, the jelly will stay in the center. But if the spine becomes twisted, the jelly will get pushed in the opposite direction, and the shock absorption will be lost.
Lying down: 25 psi Laying on your side: 75 psi Standing: 100 psi Sitting: 140 psi Bending forward: 150 psi Leg lifts: 180 psi DISC PRESSURE IS MEASURED IN POUNDS PER SQUARE INCH
Your body will respond and adapt to these positions. Looking at computers all day Putting phones between the ear and shoulder Lifting incorrectly Weightlifters
Degeneration of the discs in the neck IMPROPER WALKING Slumped Shoulders Head Thrust Forward Numbness and tingling in the arms Fatigue Headaches Trouble concentrating Moodiness
PROPER SITTING Nothing in back pockets Put a pillow behind your low back Sit up straight Don’t slouch
IMPROPER SITTING Looking down all day compresses the discs in the neck Sitting with the computer too low Sitting on your foot Phone between ear and shoulder
PROPER WRIST POSITION Special devices keep your wrists straight while you type. Backaches Neck Aches Headaches Using the computer with your wrists bent causes problems: Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
PROPER DESK WORK STATION Phone headset for hands-free use Keyboard pad under your wrists Computer at eye level and 18-25” away from your face The front of the chair should drop off Adjustable seat: Feet flat to the floor Or a foot rest under the feet Chair with good lumbar support or $10 lumbar pillow
BACKPACK SAFETY Padded back Hip and chest belts Multiple compartments Compression straps Reflective material
Weigh no more than 10% of your body weight. Pack heaviest objects first Evenly distribute the load Bottom of the pack 2 inches above the waist Top of the backpack just below the base of the skull Lift the pack by using the leg muscles and keeping it close to the body Do not lean forward when walking Wear both straps Wear the backpack over the strongest mid-back muscles Properly Load and Wear a Backpack
A back pack should not be more than 10% of the person’s total body weight. It should have a strap around the waist so it pulls the body in alignment.