We have seen quite a few injuries related to yard work in the last couple of weeks. If you're leaving the house on Monday morning with a beautiful yard and an aching back, you're not alone. A survey of over 500 chiropractors in Ontario, Canada showed that yard work is the number one cause of back pain from their patietns this time of year.
1. Stand with your knees slightly bent.
2. Keep your back straight or slightly extended.
3. Place one hand on your belly and one on your low back. Rotate your pelvis forward, feeling a slight stretch in the hamstring and glute muscles.
4. You should feel your lower stomach bulge and your lower back arch.
5. Squat down by bringing your hips backwards and down. Imagine is pulling your hips backward, making sure your knees are behind your toes.
6. As you squat towards the ground, make sure you do not round your back.
The hip hinge can be used to sit in a chair or pick something up from the ground or table.
You hands can be used to karate chop the hips back as a cue for proper hip motion.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing back ache/pain/soreness, please call to schedule an appointment today.