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Sorry honey, not tonight, my back is too sore

Sorry honey, not tonight, my back is too sore

 

Do you have back pain? Your fav sexual position may be contributing.

79% of the population have had low back pain (LBP). And sex is considered by health professionals as an ADL – activity of daily living (if you’re lucky). Therefore, the position you have sex in, may be hindering your rehabilitation. Sex also can have a huge effect on your quality of life – somewhere between 43-78% of women with LBP report a marked reduction in sexual activity frequency due to an increase in discomfort and decrease in pleasure.

Some considerate Canadian researchers looked at the effect of 5 common sexual positions on the movement of the lumbar spine via infrared and EMG and came up with these recommendations:

 For women with LBP exacerbated by bending forward or sitting for long periods, these positions are best:

  • on all fours - resting on hands, not elbows
  • spooning

And these positions may exacerbate pan:

  • on all fours - resting on elbows
  • missionary

For women with LBP exacerbated by arching backwards or lying on their stomach, these positions are best:

  • missionary with knees and hips bent a lot (a pillow under pelvis may help too)

For men with low back pain exacerbated by bending forward or sitting for long periods, these positions are best:

  • Behind the woman with hip-hinging motion rather than spine thrusting

And these positions may exacerbate pain:

  • spooning
  • missionary with supporting himself on elbows

For men with LBP exacerbated by arching backwards, they should adopt these positions:

  • spooning
  • missionary when supporting himself on elbows

Basically, sexual positions that are suitable for one type of LBP, are not suitable for others. So if your favourite pose-ish just isn’t working for you at the moment, go and see a physio!

NB: I’d love some even more considerate researchers to do a similar study on non-heterosexual sex, and maybe some more interesting positions such as the 69er (best enjoyed on your wedding night), the reverse cowboy and the pretzel…..

For more info:

Sidorkewicz, N., & McGill, S. M. (2014). Male Spine Motion During Coitus: Implications for the Low Back Pain Patient. Spine39(20), 1633–1639. http://doi.org/10.1097/BRS.0000000000000518

Sidorkewicz, N., & McGill, S. M. (2015). Documenting female spine motion during coitus with a commentary on the implications for the low back pain patient. European Spine Journal24(3), 513-520.

 

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