Low Back Health: When posture becomes more important

In my last post I discussed how our body’s love a variety of movement and that the best posture to be in was the last one you were in. I said that our lumbar spines do not like to be in any position for prolonged periods of time, even “perfect posture”. 

However, there are times when the ideas of perfect posture becomes more important:

  1. If you have pain or injury: Depending on your diagnosis you may want to reduce the time spent in certain postures and increase time in others.
  2. If your job involves unavoidable prolonged postures: It’s best to utilize postures and movements that are different outside of your working day. Thus introducing variety into your movement diet. 
  3. When lifting heavy loads: It’s normally best if we maintain a relatively neutral or fixed posture in our spine throughout the lift.