This is Dr. Alex Hernandez from Life Chiropractic and Acupuncture Due to popular demand, I’m going to talk about some do’s and don’ts. I have some silly pictures here, but they’re going to prove the point. I’m going to show you how you don’t mess yourself up with simple things that we do everyday.
Let’s talk about one of the common ones: picking up luggage. This guy is picking up luggage the right way, you can see he’s balancing himself. The man on the left side, he’s not doing well, he’s about to really screw up his back. You can see what’s happening, he’s got a load on his shoulder, another bag here. This is a true story, people have gotten hurt - bad disc herniations -from doing this.
Alright, let’s look at another one: working on the car. When you work on a car, often if you are a do-it-yourself, if you’re bending over for 6, 7, 8 hours a day, you can get hurt. You have just got to watch out when doing repetitive bending for long periods of time.
Everybody has a cellphone, not too many people have house phones, however, the habit is the same. So if you’re crunching your neck this way, talking on your phone while you’re doing something else like writing, you’re going to get neck pain. Be aware not to do that.
Another big one is working with computers. We got a lady here sitting upright, this is the proper posture. Here we have her hunching really bad, this is an exaggeration but many people find themselves in this position, and you end up getting neck pain, shoulder pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a really terrible position to be in. So, again, look at the best possible posture. If you zoom in here you could see that this lady has a back support, right there. The other lady does not have a back support. You need to have that low back support to hold your posture upright, if not, this is how you’re naturally going to sit down.
Okay, let’s do another one, vacuuming. This is a big one, a lot of people get hurt vacuuming. Again, this silly photo proves the point, you need to walk right behind your vacuum. A lot of people twist. They end up vacuuming this way, and then they pull this way, and then they can duck underneath, and they’re twisting their spine, and they’re really screwing themselves up. I get a lot of people that get low back pain because of that.
Those were a few do’s and don’ts, hopefully you got some value out of that. And I’ll see you next time with some more valuable tips. Thank you.
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