1. Very informative post. Now I know my back pain comes from wrong bending. Most of my friends work like me and many of them feel back pain. I will certainly start practicing these useful tips. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hello Maja,
      You’re not alone. Most people have been bending wrong all their lives because that’s what they have been taught to do. Hip Hinge or table bending may take awhile to get used to, but once mastered many people find that not only does it help prevent back pain, but it also makes it easier for your body to adapt more complex movements. This is why athletes, from tennis players to weightlifters, are urged by their coaches to master the hip hinge as a way of reducing injury and increasing strength and stability. I’m glad you found the post informative. Thanks for checking in.

  2. Hello Thabo,

    All this while, I remind myself to bend my knees when lifting things from the ground. Looks like many of us got it wrong. Now, I have to retrain my mind to remind myself of table bending, I do have a very bad back and this will surely help.

    Thanks for the informative post.

    • Hello Sharon,
      You can still bend you knees because you’ll have to if you get low enough. The trick is to not curve your back the way most of us in the West are taught to do. When you do the hip hinge your back looks more like a table thus the name “table bending”. It can take awhile to master because as you say you’re retraining your mind to move your body differently from what it was accustomed to doing. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks Thabo, this is great information and something I will really need to work on. I have always tried to do things right when it comes to my back as I have seen so many people in pain due to back issues. I have never really paid attention to how I bend, people have always told me lift with your legs but never how to bend. Thanks again for this great information and I will be more conscious from now on.

    • You’re welcome, Dena. Also, you are not alone in learning how to bend correctly. The body adapts if we do something long enough. Unfortunately, for most of us our body has adapted to the way we bend even if it’s wrong and causes us pain. The result is that when we attempt to bend the right way–looking more like a table it feels strange and unnatural to us. The good thing, however, is that because we eventually experience less pain the body eventually learns to bend correctly. It takes time and practice, but the effort is worth it. We all have to be more conscious of the way we bend. Thanks for checking in.

  4. We really need to learn this as small children…
    We can get away with bad form until we get older or get into an over-exertion activity. Then, injury can happen and change your whole life.
    This article has great advice, well explained, and is a must-read!

    • Thanks so much, Dianne. Funny enough, studies have shown that we as children know the proper form of bending. The problem is that as we get older we “forget” how to bend correctly and that makes us vulnerable to serious injury. Thanks for checking in.

  5. I thought I had been bending right, and now I find out I have not been doing it right at all! I need to Do the Hip Hinge! Got it!

    The video is very helpful. Good to see how to Do the Hip Hinge correctly. It looks easy but I believe everyone will need time and practice. This is because we have been doing it wrong for so many years, and it take time and practice to change a habit.

    I visit a Spinal Alignment Eastern Doctor once a month. And he has often told every of his patients the importance of keeping our spine straight and healthy. And not to stress the spine.

    I hope more people read this. It will help them.

    • Hi Tim,
      You are right. Because most people have been bending the wrong way most of their lives, it will take awhile for them to realign correctly. However, with enough practice it can be done. Also, your absolutely on target about not putting stress on the spine. This is key to a good back and good health. Thanks for checking in.

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