"Don't use your back like a crane!" l remember hearing this adage all throughout my childhood. Yet, bending in an unusual and unhelpful way was a habit that often revisited and "caught" me in the lower back. Probably using my back like a crane.
The analogy in this article about using your back like a cashew nut made me smile as this is what I used to do! And it felt more recognisable than the crane analogy.
I smiled again as I read about the lost art of hip hinging. Thi...s idea is what has helped save my back when bending.
Next time you need to pick something up from the floor, take a moment to notice how you do it. Do you hinge from the hips or are you a cashew? (or a crane?). Or do you squat down to get closer to the floor?
Better movement can help save your back! Send me a message if you want to learn more.