Sometimes it's the little things in life that cause the problems, especially when cumulative or added together over time.
Your "motion habits" , while non-painful and seemingly inconsequential - can be very damaging when cumulative over time.
Motion habits refers to the way we do the everyday kind of things, getting out of the car, standing up from a chair, even getting out of bed in the morning.
Think about how you get out of bed in the morning or promptly get up from lying on your back when the phone rings. Do you suddenly sit up to get out of bed - kind of like the way we had to do sit-ups in gym class back in 7th grade with our buddy holding our legs down?
Test yourself - sit down in a chair and sit there for a moment and then get up, paying attention to your habit pattern in the way you stand up... try this before reading on below.
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Did you stand up straight right away using your legs or did you actually lean forwards first, falling down a little first to get some momentum and then reel it in and stand up?
Picture a construction crane with all those cables running from the cab down below up to the top of the boom. Some of those cables are to reel in, like a fishing line, and actually lift the load. There are other cables there whose job it is simply to hold the boom up.
The long muscles of your back are like those cables holdong the boom up. They should be tight when you are standing up. But, when you go to sit up straight from lying on your back or stand up from sitting as depicted above it causes an over-tightening of those muscles and that leads to problems if you make a habit of it.
These kinds of motions cause the muscles of the lower back to rapidly tighten up and this creates a shearing force on the vertebrae, one atop another being forced to shift out of alignment with the one above or below it. When this happens it strains the disc fiber.
When these motions become "motion habits" and done once too many times - it eventually results in a loss of structural balance, symmetry and stability. Over time it can weaken the structural fibers of the lumbar discs so that one morning when you least expect it, you bound out of bed...just like you have done a million times before and your back.
These are some of the typical motion habits that cause a lot of problems for people but there are many others that we can help you spot and correct before they cause a problem for you.
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