Sara Shupe, MSPT, Dip. MDT is a physical therapist specialist and founder of J.O.Y. Physical Therapy Inc, a mobile and tele-health physical therapy provider servicing the Twin Cities Metro Area and greater Minnesota. Sara has presented early access models of mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT) in the treatment of low back pain to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), National Association of Spine Society (NASS) and The international MDT Conference.
One of the most common positions of the human body is flexion, or to the non-anatomists out there- bending. We bend to get out of bed, get dressed, wash ourselves, brush our teeth, bake food in the oven...you get the drift.
Some epidemiologists say that the human being bends over 4000-6000 times in one day. (If you are asking what the heck an epidemiologist is- just picture a smart guy with wire rimmed glasses sitting in a chair observing and recording human behavior. Nice gig, right?) That is a lot of bending! How often do we move in other direction you ask? No much!
The stress of excessive bending.
When the spine moves or positions in prolonged (picture you on your phone- remember my blog about Text Neck?) or repetitive bending, there is a tendency for the discs and other tissues in your back to go through the process of “stress-strain” or “creep-loading.” As the bending comtinues, the tissues accomodate to that position, often lengthening the tissues on the opposite side. The longer you are there, the more the stress. As the force builds, it may come to the breaking or failure point.
The straw that broke the camels back.
For all the Minnesotans out there, we are acutely aware of how few days we have to get our yardwork done. Or, you may be one of those individuals who do it as seasonal work in MN summertime. We finally get that 72 degree day of sun! Yah! So we reward ourselves with tens of thousands of bending motions cleaning out the old leaves, bagging yard waste, raking, mowing, and trimming bushes. If that wasn’t enough, we then decide to put up a retaining wall! Now we are adding that 40+ pounds to the already weakened tissues of your back.
We finally get done and slump on the couch to take a load off with a cold one. We go to get up an hour or two later (or maybe the next day), and realize that we can no longer move!
Oh that back pain!
Whether you are a Minnesotan weekend yard warrior or a professional, go to www.joy-pt.com or call 651-800-MYPT to schedule your same-day mobile visit to treat your low back pain soon before it becomes a larger problem later!