Only if every one of my patients followed this advice, they would have 100% low back pain relief and I would be GOD! So let’s start with the first step to getting the body you dream of…I meant 100% pain free. Hmmm…what were you thinking?
What do I mean by this? Basically if the physio has asked you to avoid bending over, it means you need to do that each time. Doing it 6 times out of 10 is not going to get you low back pain relief in a hurry. It also does not mean you can’t do something for the rest of your life! As humans we think almost everything is permanent. And we also don’t like change. Go figure! The restriction of activities is really until the inflammation goes down. So it’s only for a period of time. You cannot imagine how much effect avoiding certain things can have on getting to 0/10 low back pain relief.
Sitting is one of the worst things you can do. So to get the best low back pain relief, avoid sitting on soft surfaces like the couch. Why? Because it actually makes you slouch which puts tremendous pressure on the lower back. Soft surfaces are worse. But you can sit on a firm chair with good back support. As long as you can maintain the normal curve in the lower back while sitting. The best thing to do is have an alarm that’ll make you get up every 20 minutes or so. You can take a walk, even if it means to the kitchen and then get back to whatever you were doing.
Does not mean you have to walk a marathon! It merely means change of your work position every 10 to 15 minutes initially. So whether you’re sitting or standing or walking for that matter, stop and change it. This will keep the circulation going and keep your body warmed up. This is why you get stiffness in you’re in one position for too long. For example, when getting out of bed in the morning or getting up after sitting for a while. Does that sound familiar? Being consistent with this each time will keep you on the road to low back pain relief.