Walking on someone’s back while they are lying stomach down on the floor or a table, a bed or sofa is too soft, is a sort of soothing chiropractic move that may temporarily pop-snap miss-arranged muscles, tendons, ligaments or bones back into place. Or it can be a move to inflict pain on someone like the kid who gets a laugh by pouncing and jumping up and down on the back with or without shoes. Shoes are usually removed before the back walking begins.
Back walking consists of using your full weight as you balance both feet lifting one foot up, down and then the other while standing in place or by placing one foot in front of the other walking forward a few steps turning around and walking back down.
Walking on someone’s back isn’t safe. For someone who has a medical condition, back pain or a new or old back injury, it can escalate the problem or reopen old injuries. Back walking can cause injuries to someone who has none.
If a friend, relative, an acquaintance or even someone you don’t know asks you to walk on their back it’s best to tell them “No” and hold to it. Leave that to people who are trained in that particular field. Don’t let anyone walk on your back either unless it’s someone trained in that field.
Back walking can cause more than just injuries. Back walking barefoot and on someone shirtless or on occasional bare skin can spread the transmission of skin diseases and any infection or infectious disease that can be transmitted through the contact of fluid. For instance, a blister on the bottom of a foot pops and the fluid gets into an open cut or scratch on the back. And vice versa if the person has a blister on their back that pops, the fluid can get into an open cut or scratch on the bottom of the foot. Athlete’s foot can be spread to contact areas on the back or anywhere the feet touched down. Lice or other bugs could be hiding in any hair found on the back.
Back walking can further become nightmarish depending on what you see or hear while doing the walking. An example is you may experience the view of butt crack or moaning with sexual undertones. If blubber is a problem for you, you may not enjoy walking on it. Back walking is better left to professionals for both safety and hearing and visual reasoning.