While treating patients in the clinic the other day, I had this conversation with two clients. Each conversation centered on the idea that once people with back pain start feeling better, it is human nature to stop doing all the good things you’ve been doing to keep your back healthy. Then your back pain returns and you find yourself needing physical therapy again.
Once you’ve experienced back pain, you’ll need to protect your back for the rest of your life. For many of us, if we had taken measures to protect our back in the beginning, we wouldn’t have back pain in the first place.
From my perspective as a physical therapist, back protection means staying strong in your core stabilizing muscles. It means keeping your back flexible, along with your hip flexors and hamstrings. It means keeping your legs strong so you can squat, lunge, and lift without compromising your back.
Additionally, it means knowing postures that aggravate your back and limiting the time you spend in those positions. It means listening to your body, not ignoring the warning signs. It means continuing to do all these good things even when your back feels good.
This is why your back feels good; your taking care of it! My advice is to keep taking care of your back for the rest of your life.