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Back Pain: Why You Shouldn’t Fear Lumbar Flexion

AUTHOR: Dr. Nate Jones, PT

“You should lift with your legs, not your back.”

 “If you round your back, you’ll slip a disc.” 

“My friend’s uncle’s wife’s best friend bent over to pick up her laundry basket 10 years ago and now she has a bad back.”

There’s a good chance at some point in your life you’ve heard a saying similar to these quotes. The ideas that we shouldn’t round our backs and that our backs are fragile structures that need to be protected from heavy loads are incredibly pervasive throughout our culture. However, these concepts are not based on facts, but rather on the fear that our bodies are not strong, adaptable, resilient structures. The widespread belief in these common misconceptions actively contributes to pain and disability.

Our backs should be used to lift, and they should be trained through the entire available range of motion in order to prepare them for daily life....

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