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Get “back” into “action” (wink, wink)

Get “back” into “action” (wink, wink)

Get “back” into “action” (wink, wink)

While lower back pain means you get to avoid helping your brother move for the 133rdtime, that’s probably the only benefit. It can keep you home from work, stop you from playing sports, and even make a mess of your looooove life.

Wait, what does back pain have to do with, uh, relations? Well, studies indicate 84% of men and 73% of women have seen their sexy times decrease on account of lower back pain. That may seem shocking, but back pain is one of the most common things we see in the clinic. It affects 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives, and that point could very well be while you’re with your sweetie in the bedroom.

However, a set of papers from the University of Waterloo is providing suffers with some hope: there are certain positions that could help to keep back pain at bay between the sheets. By tracking the spine movements of 10 heterosexual couples while they did the deed, the researchers gained some insight on how to lessen spinal motion and potentially prevent back pain caused by flexion (forward bending) through intercourse:

  • The gentleman uses hips & knees to control movement instead of his back, while his partner maintains a neutral spine position (eg. missionary position supported on your elbows)
  • The gentleman kneels behind his partner to prevent flexion of the back

Hopefully these tips will help you experience bliss back pain free, but remember there are many different triggers for back pain. If your back pain is putting intimacy in the bedroom on the back burner: CALL US! Solving your back pain problems is going to make EVERY aspect of your life better.

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