Where there are issues that might be driven by a tear or bulge in the back of a disc often we will try to flatten the lower back to take pressure off the back of the disc. In some cases this can be helpful in the short term but in the long term if this continues it can alter where the centre of gravity sits through the disc and make the disc more vulnerable to further injury.
One of the biggest spinal hygiene issues is the way that we sit and the period of time that we sit for. This has historically been difficult to objectively measure but with the use of new technology called the ViMove we are now able to measure exactly how your spine moves over a 24 hour period. This measuring device which is stuck onto the back provides critical information about not just how long you sit, stand and move for but also how much you might be slouching or leaning to one side and so it makes it very easy to identify problematic positions of postures and the provide coaching on what might be the right amendments to make to work station set up, specific exercises to strengthen the back, or perhaps other movement habits to help reduce the problematic load on the back.
As well as assessing you movement over a 24 hour period the system allows us to measure exactly what range of motion you have in the spine when asked to move in the clinic. This also gives us an important insight to how this compares to when you are out and about and not focusing on the back. We can often find that when focused on the back ranges of motion can be limited, however in everyday life you move much better and this helps us to understand how apprehension and guarding may be playing a role in movement ability.