Dr. Jeff makes another visit to You & Me This Morning to discuss what you can do to avoid back pain this summer when your at sporting events cheering on your favorite teams. Sitting on a bench watching sports can put a lot of stress on your back. The benches at these events do not support your back at all.
Dr. Jeff says that the key is to always avoid any flexion of the spine. When you are flexing your spine for too long you are loading your discs. Also, if you are how your sitting can cause stress to your back, for example slouching. The goal is to sit up as straight as you possible can when you have no back to your seat.
When you are at the games another tip Dr. Jeff suggest getting up every hour and walking around. This allows for the spine to get in an upright position and allows for the muscles to loosen up a little bit.
When your stuck in a seated position for long period of time your muscle tighten up. The hip flexors are what get especially tight when seated. Dr. Jeff suggests that you do a seated stretch every 30 minutes as well. The best stretch you can do while seated for your back is the “Dr. Jeff Stretch”
How To Do The Dr. Jeff Stretch
- Slide to the edge of your chair so that you are barely seated on the chair
- Your knees should be placed shoulder width apart.
- Place your hands down by your side
- Then rotate your arms out and hold for 30 seconds.
This should make you feel a bit looser. The stretch will help take the pressure off your discs. Remember 80% of the population will suffer from back pain. Do these stretches, keep your back strong and avoid future pain.