Joan Rigg PT OCS


Protect your back as you lie down

Bending or twisting your back can cause back pain. When you are getting into bed, avoid twists and bends. Follow these steps to get in and out of bed without bending or twisting your back. When you are ready to lie down, stand with the back of your legs touching the bed. Reach your hands back toward the bed as you bend…

Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the study of how people interact with their activities and their environment. The purpose of ergonomics is to improve health and safety, prevent injuries, and improve productivity. Office ergonomics can help a person be more comfortable at work. It can reduce stress on the body and reduce injuries caused…

Wall Sit

The wall sit exercise strengthens your back, trunk, and thigh muscles, helping you maintain a healthy lower back. Stand with your back 10 in. (25 cm) to 12 in. (30 cm) away from a wall. Lean into the wall until your back is flat against it. Slowly slide down until your knees are slightly bent, pressing your lower back…

Core Stabilization

Core stabilization (core stability or core strength) means using the muscles of the trunk to support the spine and body during activity. The trunk muscles include those in the abdomen and back, around the neck and shoulder blades, and around the pelvis, hips, groin, and buttocks. Core stabilization helps improve…

Using a Cane

A walking aid—a walker, crutches, or a cane—helps substitute for a decrease in strength, range of motion, joint stability, coordination, or endurance. It can also reduce the stress on a painful joint or limb. Using a walking aid can help you be more safe and independent in your daily activities. Almost everyone has used…