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When you have low back pain, try these steps to help you move from sitting to standing:
When you are standing, keep your feet flat on the floor or ground about 12 inches apart. Keep your back straight, with your shoulders back and stomach pulled in. Your ears and shoulders should line up over your hips.
Bad posture, especially when you are walking, puts extra stress on
your back and causes discomfort and damage. The key to good back posture is to
keep the right amount of curve in your lower back.
A healthy back has three natural front-to-back curves that give the
spine an "S" shape. Although the curves vary a lot from person to
person, too much curve ("swayback") or too little curve ("flat back") can
result in problems. The right amount of curve is called your neutral
position. See a picture of the
spine that shows the natural curves.
February 15, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
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