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Back Pain Relief Tip: How To Prevent Back Pain While Washing Dishes or Brushing Your Teeth at the Sink (with Video)

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 @ 05:10 PM

Washing_Dishes1.jpgMost people stand at their sinks several times a day for some reason, whether it be to brush or floss your teeth, wash dishes, prepare meals, or maybe something else. Because this is such a common practice, it should not come as a surprise that it is a major cause of back pain! Two of the complaints we hear the most from people suffering with back pain are: "Whenever I brush my teeth, my back always starts hurting!" and "Just washing dishes for 10 minutes makes my back pain feel excruciating!" This is because when many people do these simple everyday tasks, they are doing them wrong!

When people are standing at a sink, to brush their teeth or wash dishes for example, they often lean forward while also reaching out in front of themselves. By repeatedly performing these motions, people put a tremendous amout of extra load on the discs in the spine, which often turns in to back problems. The problem is not with the activities themselves, but the way that people stand and move while doing them. This is why the correct way to stand at the sink is our Back Pain Relief Tip of the week!

- The number one thing to remember when you are standing at the sink to do anything is to stand up straight and stay that way as much as possible. The best way to do this is to place a small 6-inch stepstool in front of you and keep one of your feet on it. Doing this will help you to stay in an upright position while standing at the sink.

- Of course, you can't stand up straight the whole time. So the other important thing to remember is that when you do bend over, you bend at the hips using the hip hinge method so that you keep your spine straight as you bend over. Also, stand up straight again as soon as you can.


To help you better understand this tip, watch the video below:

By following these tips while standing at the sink, you can prevent overloading of the discs that leads to back pain!


At The Illinois Back Institute we are dedicated to educating people, because we know that the more that you understand about your problem, the more likely you are to eliminate it. We specialize in Functional Disc Rehydration - a multi-disciplinary approach to making the back healthier without surgery, injections or medications.

If you would like to schedule a Free Back Pain Consultation, you can give us a call at 855-403-5715 or click here:

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Also, if you would like to learn more about your back pain, or would like to know more about what we do and how our treatment works, we regularly hold Free Educational Seminars at each one of our clinics! To find out when the next seminar is and reserve a seat, click here:

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This was just one of many Free Tips we offer to everyone, because one of our main goals is to educate everyone about their back pain as much as we can. If you would like more tips like this, we have a Free Email Series of our Top Ten Tips for Back Pain Relief. To sign up for the Free Tips, click here:

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