In Canada, a research team has developed a study that aims to learn how people with back pain can engage in sex. Despite the fact that there is no back-up study indicating how pervasive an issue back pain is in relation to reduced sexual activity, these scientists have rounded up funding to study the issue -- perhaps prophylactically.
To date, the research team rounded up 10 male/female couples in their 20s and 30s, healthy individuals all, and watched them copulate in five predetermined positions. Reportedly, a computer analyzed the movements of the male spine in each of these positions. Later, a comparison was done to compare movements during intercourse with movements already known to cause or increase lower back pain.
The research team now plans to do further studies for women with low back pain and those who have had hip surgery.
I found it interesting that the study's senior author, Stuart McGill explained, " “You’ve got to tune the technique for the individual and sometimes that tuning is quite subtle,” in this Reuters.com article .
Somehow, couldn't that tuning take place on a individual basis without this research?
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