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5 Tips to Save Your Back

The muscles, ligaments and discs of your back do a big job, supporting your spine and moving the weight of your body. Good posture, exercise and correct body mechanics help keep your back flexible and strong.

Massage therapy can help with posture by stretching shortened muscles and fascia (the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles and other tissues), freeing movement around the joints, and relieving muscle contractions that can pull you out of alignment. Here are some tips to help protect your back.

Distribute Weight Evenly. Spread your feet shoulder-width apart for stability when moving or working. Stand evenly on your two feet.

Strengthen Abdomen. Practice feeling your center of gravity in your abdomen. Many people try to move from their upper bodies, which is less efficient than moving from your pelvis, hips, and abdomen. Practice strengthening exercises for your abdomen. Take a class or ask for advice from an exercise instructor or specialist.

Lift Properly. To pick up a load, stand close to it. Squat and use your legs to lift it, keeping your back upright and the object close to your body. Avoid twisting as you lift.

Kneel. Kneel down on one knee to retrieve something from the floor.

Limit Twisting. When reaching for an object overhead, keep your shoulders and hips facing it — remember not to twist.

Massage therapists do not diagnose medical conditions nor is this information intended to replace medical counsel. It is always advised to consult your physician first when you are seeking pain relief as there are many conditions with similar symptoms and some of them are life threatening and require medical attention.

Call us at (360) 322-8549 or schedule an appointment online today.

Categories: Back Pain
Post by Serenity Massage on April 13, 2016

5 Tips to Save Your Back

The muscles, ligaments and discs of your back do a big job, supporting your spine and moving the weight of your body. Good posture, exercise and correct body mechanics help keep your back flexible and strong.

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Massage therapy can help with posture by stretching shortened muscles and fascia (the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles and other tissues), freeing movement around the joints, and relieving muscle contractions that can pull you out of alignment. Here are some tips to help protect your back.

Distribute Weight Evenly. Spread your feet shoulder-width apart for stability when moving or working. Stand evenly on your two feet.

Strengthen Abdomen. Practice feeling your center of gravity in your abdomen. Many people try to move from their upper bodies, which is less efficient than moving from your pelvis, hips, and abdomen. Practice strengthening exercises for your abdomen. Take a class or ask for advice from an exercise instructor or specialist.

Lift Properly. To pick up a load, stand close to it. Squat and use your legs to lift it, keeping your back upright and the object close to your body. Avoid twisting as you lift.

Kneel. Kneel down on one knee to retrieve something from the floor.

Limit Twisting. When reaching for an object overhead, keep your shoulders and hips facing it — remember not to twist.

Massage therapists do not diagnose medical conditions nor is this information intended to replace medical counsel. It is always advised to consult your physician first when you are seeking pain relief as there are many conditions with similar symptoms and some of them are life threatening and require medical attention.

Call us at (360) 322-8549 or schedule an appointment online today.

Categories: Back Pain

Post by Serenity Massage on April 13, 2016

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