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How did you get to work today? If you sat down either over a wheel or behind a wheel chances are your low back came out of its natural backward facing curve known as a lordosis – into the opposite curve we physical therapists call flexion.

Now this is not a problem in itself as the spine is designed for movement – forwards, backwards, side bends, twists and often a combination of them.

What is a problem is that we tend to spend much of our time doing the same things. Whether this means us sitting or standing all day or doing activities that involve repetitive movements like bending or lifting, the body tends to move habitually and will always take the path of greatest ease. If we take the example of bending down to pick up a piece of paper from the floor, we will move at the hips and the spine, the most flexible joints moving first – only when they have reached their end of range will the more stiff joints come into play. In this video I have used a photograph to demonstrate an example of this.

The individual joints of the spine are not designed to move all exactly the same way nor to the same extent as each other however the joints that move more easily will be prone to greater wear and tear while any stiff joints are at risk of becoming yet more stiff.

Practices like yoga, Pilates and martial arts promote greater awareness of our body and how we move. Moreover they present us with unique opportunities for improving our flexibility and learning new ways to move.

The Buttafly also provides easy and comfortable support in various positions designed to help the spine unwind from postural tension and to provide a gentle stretch to joints, muscles and soft tissue.

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