What Is The Right and Wrong Way to Bend Over?

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Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT

Proper bending requires a fluid ‘lumbopelvic rhythm’. This means the hips and spine should coordinate to be able to touch the ground. Ideally there should be a 2:1 ratio hip movement to spine movement. 

What we see typically in the clinic is that patients have significant restriction of what we call ‘hip hinging’ as the patients hips have restricted motion, thus requiring increased movement from the spine..with repetitive and excessive movement at the spine it creates greater torque to the spine.

The other scenario we commonly see are patients who have fear to move their spine and essentially ‘lock’ their spines in slight hyper-extension and try to bend entirely from their hips. This creates greater muscle spasms in the spine and the fear of moving can lead to altered movement patterns that do not help the back in the long run.

Please consult with a qualified health practioner to observe your bending patterns, and provide education and the tools to give you the confidence and ability to bend properly.

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