Thursday, April 23, 2015

Save Your Spine: STRETCH YOUR HIPS #MensHealth

There's no better way to prevent back pain. Here's why: The hip flexors are muscles on the front of your hips that raise your legs; sitting at a desk for long periods makes them tighten up and lose range of motion. Since the hip flexors run from the top of the thigh bone back to the bottom of your spine, their tightening pulls on the spine, increasing the arch in your lower back and putting pressure on it.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

To prevent and ease hip pain during work, play, or daily activities: #UofMHealth

Reach and stay at a healthy weight.
Wear well-cushioned shoes, and avoid high heels.
Walk up and down stairs one at a time, leading with your strong leg when you go up stairs or curbs, and with your weaker or sore leg when you go down.
Warm up before activities.
Avoid activities that make one side of the pelvis higher than the other, such as running in only one direction on a track or hiking or doing yard work sideways on a slope. Keep your hips level.
Sleep on your uninjured side with a pillow between your knees, or on your back with pillows beneath your knees.
Stretch after an activity, when your muscles are warm.