Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Health - Spare Your Bones

Our skeletons naturally lose strength as we grow older. Here's how you can protect your bones and save yourself from injury by doing daily chores correctly.

Always sit up straight.
Pick a chair that supports the curve of your lower back (or use a roll-up towel or lumbar roll). Sit with your spine lengthened, shoulder wide.

Prepare for a cough or sneeze.
Sudden sneezes can jerk a weakened torso forwards and injure the spine. If you feel one coming on, bend your knees, back straight, and put a hand on your thigh for support. Or brace your lower back with your hand to stay upright.

Do chores correctly.
Take care as you vacuum, mop floor or sweep the deck. Bend fromyour knees and hips, not your waist. Don't twist; push rather and push

Bend from your hips. When you learn down to load the washing machine or make the bed, don't sag from your waist. Instead, bend at your knees and hips, keeping your lower back straight.

Open with care. Triying to lift a stuck or heavy object is a common cause of compressioon fractures, because it puts a great deal of pressure on your spine. Ask someone to help.

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