Bending, bending and bending

Standing bend forward with straight knees is more stressful for the lower back than with bent knees. True? Usually not true! When calculating the load on the low back, it does not make much difference. However, there is a difference if the (low) back itself comes into a bending position. What happens then is that the back muscles extend. And an extended muscle can exert less force.

Back wear

'I have a worn back or a worn-out vertebra and then there is nothing left to do', I hear several people say. Then I become curious and ask what exactly is meant by wear and tear. Because it depends on whether there is indeed nothing to do about it. There are different forms of wear, each with its own characteristics. A brief explanation.

Lumbago and sciatica


Lumbago means pain in the lower back. Getting up after sitting and lying can be difficult, as can coming back after stooping. There are many ideas about the cause (see also the article on causes of low back pain).

Stability and low back pain

We are regularly confronted with the communication from the patient in practice: I have back pain because I have instability and I now have to practice my back and stomach muscles to regain stability and get rid of my symptoms. What is instability and what is necessary for stability?

Back and back pain: myths and misunderstandings

There are many stories about the back and back pain: the back is weak, there is wear and tear, rest is rusting, it is in my genes, if a therapy helps my neighbors it also helps me .... I would like to briefly discuss a number of common misunderstandings. Why? If an idea is embedded in the ideas of a patient, then he/she will behave accordingly. And that can have a counterproductive effect on the recovery.