BLT’s are bad for your back. Bet you didn’t know this did you? This piece of advice is not only based on years of experience as a chiropractor and years of schooling to become a chiropractor but on my painful experience. The old saying goes that doctors make the worst patients is so very true for me. About 10 or 12 years ago I was helping move my fiance into a house she was renting. The house was 150 years old. If you have ever been in a house that old you know how the stairs are constructed: narrow and very steep. This isn’t a major issue until you are trying to move a full-size box spring up those stairs. After a few minutes of pushing and pulling it was obvious to everybody in the room, except me, that it was physically impossible to move that box spring up those stairs.
I could tell that we were only 1/2 an inch away from success. So I did my best Hulk impersonation and bent down, twisted a little to get a good grip, and lifted with all my might. The box spring didn’t budge. The stairs didn’t budge, but my L5-S1 disc sure did. I felt a pop and crippling low back pain.
I did recover. It took a long time, and I also reinjured my low back a few years ago. (I chronicled that story here.)
So don’t be like me. Don’t pretend to be the Hulk. This experience has taught me several things including a handy guide I tell all of my patients, especially my low back pain patients. It involves a tasty sandwich.
I tell my patients to avoid what I call the chiropractic BLT. Bending, lifting and twisting. You need to avoid especially combining those motions like I did when I was trying to be the Hulk. Here’s an excellent Youtube video that shows what I mean:
So you see the headline wasn’t misleading, you were just thinking of the wrong BLT. If you couple this lifestyle adjustment with regular chiropractic adjustments you will be amazed how good your back can feel, and how much more mobility and health you will have for the future. Chiropractic is the foundation of wellness.
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