Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

July 4, 2013

As a twig grows… Why Back Injuries Will Continue On The Rise

Tai Chi is for Everyone!

Tai Chi is for Everyone!

What if kids were taught at an early age how to breath and brace, how to bend and lift, and how to move and use their bodies efficiently? Well, first off, to a large extent they do know how; most of that comes naturally. Unfortunately, what comes natural as a small child gets replaced with bad habits. Thus the need for some supervision and correction along the way.

If kids got that kind of guidance they would become more functional adults with less likelihood of injury from “over exertion.”

Instead we’ve seen a steady decline in “guidance” in the form of grade school “P.E.” (that’s Physical Education for those who don’t know). We now have the first generation of young adults entering college who have never had to do exercise per se in school – and it shows. We have noticed a definite change in the students that attend the community college Tai Chi classes we teach.

The military is having difficulty finding people who can even get into their boot camps, let alone get through them.

Watching a couple of young twenty-somethings put in a mail box on a small concrete pad last week, I realized that the prevalence of back pain (already involving almost everyone eventually, and around 30% of us at any one time) is going to go up even further. These two had arms like pencils and watching them it was clear that they didn’t have any idea how to bend and lift properly. Hopefully their future work doesn’t involve too much more concrete, because it isn’t too forgiving.

Recently my focus has been on teaching proper bending and lifting techniques to prevent back injuries because, it’s so simple and so easy, for one thing. For another, back injuries are a pain, a pain that usually doesn’t go away for long. They are a pain that cause a lot of suffering and expense to us all as chronic dysfunction leads to degeneration and disease. And they can be prevented easily for the most part.

And here is another, and my last, point. It does matter what your weight, what work you do, how old you are, or whether you are “fit” or not. We all bend and lift all day whether we realize it or not. Learn how to do it well and you lower your risk of injuring your back and suffering. Do it poorly and it’s not a matter of “if” it’s a matter of “when.”

As Seth Godin once said, “It’s never too late to start heading in the right direction.” You are never too far gone to benefit from improved bending and lifting technique.

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