You can predict your chances of experiencing lower back pain by performing a test. It is called the lateral side support test. If you can not hold this position for 45 seconds, your risk for lower back pain is high. The good news is that the test can also be the training. Check out the video in our video section on this site. Just scroll down to the "side support" video. Simply get into this position and hold it as long as you can without too much shaking, or you losing the angle of hold. Repeat three times on each side every day. You do not have to do it this much forever! Once you get to be able to hold this position for one minute, then you can do it 2-3 times per week. It won't take long for you to attain this level of training, maybe 2 weeks.
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I am George DeFranca, DC, chiropractic physician in Central Massachusetts since 1982. I love my patients, my practice, and talking and teaching about health. I enjoy the outdoors, especially the ocean and kayakfishing.