Back pain is the largest single cause of disability in the UK, with lower back pain alone accounting for 11% of the total disability of the UK population.
Source NHS England.
If you suffer low back pain, you know how miserable this can be.
For many of us it is a constant dull ache. For others, a sharp stabbing pain.
Walking, sitting, bending even standing still can cause discomfort.
There is a great solution for this.
Dr Stuart McGill has treated patients with back problems for 30 years.
95% of whom have never needed an operation.
Enter the McGill BIG 3 Exercises.
Watch the video below ( 1 min 42 secs). Here Michael Braccio does a great job of explaining the exercises.
Take a break from your laptop every 40 -60 mins. Do each exercise once
Repeat throughout the day.
Step 3 (optional)
For those of you who wish to dig a little deeper here is an excellent article by Dr. Aaron Horschig, PT, DPT, CSCS, USAW who runs Squat University. https://squatuniversity.com/2018/06/21/the-mcgill-big-3-for-core-stability/
Do these exercises for 5 or 10 minutes a day for a fortnight.
(bonus points if you can squeeze in a brisk 5 or 10-minute walk most days)
This works like magic for people like us who are hunched over a laptop for days on end!
PS This has been a life saver for me over the last year!