A month ago I had no idea that I was my own worst enemy; I was actually causing damage to my body! It had never occurred to me that certain body positions that we assume during the normal course of our daily activities could cause lower back damage and pain.
The simple act of leaning forward to wash ones face or hands, in the bathroom sink, could be a major contributing factor to lower back pain. I became suspicious of a possible catalyst to my lower back pain, when I experienced an increased level of pain each morning, when I shaved and washed my face and hands in the bathroom sink. The supposed benign daily task of washing ones face over the bathroom sink, turned out to be a villain in disguise!
In an attempt to test my hypothesis, I partially supported my upper body by resting my hand on the counter top when leaning over at the waist, instead of supporting the entire weight of my upper body with my lower back muscles. This technique seemed to work, but you must get used to washing your face with one hand! With the assistance of my hand and arm I managed to keep excessive weight off of my already sensitive lower back area. I also got into the habit of washing my hands by resting both of my forearms on the counter top near the bathroom sink; it is not as awkward as it seems. I have no problem whatsoever washing my hands while supporting the weight of my upper body on my forearms.
Feeling very proud of myself, I was convinced that I have just "discovered the wheel!"
Coincidentally I met a very talkative group of people, in a doctors waiting room, and "of all things," they were talking about back pain! I was eager to share my new discovery with them! One of the people in the waiting room was a retired grammar school teacher; and she was also eager to share her knowledge about the subject with the group. She told the group that she as a teacher was warned by multiple sources, not to lean over the student's desks while trying to help them; back injury was almost a certainty! That knocked the wind out of my sails; I was sure that I had "invented the wheel!"
The retired school teacher and I agreed that we have had a wonderful conversation. I did suggest that I might write the information to a blog; she was enthusiastically receptive to the idea of sharing this information. Whatever wind that was left in my sails was depleted when my wife told me that her Chiropractor tells her every week, not to lift weight with her lower back. She has been instructed to use her legs to lift weight, not her lower back.
Totally deflated, with a smile on my face, I have come to realize that I am not akin to Albert Einstein, but my back pain is gone! Ha! Ha! I just love talking to people! Please share the techniques that you use to prevent Back injury; using the comments box below!
Absolutely; do not try or execute any of the techniques that I, or people in the Comments Section, have described in this article, without first consulting your doctor and chiropractor! These techniques do indeed work for me, but they may not be appropriate for your specific physiology. Let your doctor decide if any of these techniques are appropriate for you.