In the modern day and age back pain is a serious problem for people from all walks of life. People sit too long in chairs, or lift too much weight at work, causing painful damage to their backs.
The pain can be debilitating. It can restrict movement, or make what ought to be simple tasks nearly impossible to perform.
Maintaining a healthy and pain-free back is a vital part of living a healthy and happy life. Thankfully, there are many ways to help avoid or alleviate back pain.
Various unhealthy habits that people develop can lead to back pain, while living a healthy lifestyle helps prevent it. Lifestyle choices as simple as giving up smoking can help lead to greater well-being and a healthier back.
Proper hygiene and diet can also help to prevent back pain by helping to prevent underlying conditions such as kidney stones, tumours and infections. Many cases of back pain are avoidable simply through taking care of your body and health in general.
Another simple way to help prevent excruciating back pain is through properly executed exercise routines. Many people do not get enough exercise in modern society. Everything from walking and running, to swimming, can develop low back muscles and help to avoid the occurrence of back pain.
Many forms of calisthenics, such as push-ups and sit-ups, target back muscles along with other muscle groups. These can help keep the muscles strong and the area pain-free.
There are many exercises that can be done at a gym using exercise equipment, or weights, that will also help to develop back muscles and reduce back pain.
Maintaining proper posture can also help to keep the back strong and prevent weight from resting on the wrong parts of the back. Avoid slouching, or sitting hunched over; instead keep the back straight, with the shoulders over the buttocks.
When lifting heavy objects do not rely on ones’ back muscle; always lift from the knees, not the back. Attempting to lift objects beyond ones’ ability can result in back pain, even with the proper posture.
On a day to day basis there are several simple tricks to avoid dealing with back pain. When getting out of bed in the morning the spine is often particularly vulnerable, so avoiding excessive bending early on can help you have a pain-free day. Even reaching down to pull on clothing can lead to early morning stress on the spine so it is important to be aware of your movements.
Saving the workout routine till later in the day will also help to prevent unnecessary stress on the discs in the spine during the period in which they are most vulnerable.
Many people spend hours each day sitting down. Remaining aware of spinal position throughout the drive or when in an office chair, can help prevent back pain. It is a simple matter of adjusting the car seat or chair into a position that keeps the spine from bending inappropriately.
The best way to avoid back pain is to speak with ones’ chiropractor about the pain, and steps that can be taken to remedy it. A chiropractor will be able to help evaluate the particular circumstances which may be causing the back pain far more accurately than any generic advice.
Issues which are obvious to professionals in the field of chiropractic care often do not occur to people who have not made a living fixing back problems.
Whether back pain is a persistent problem, or merely a growing nuisance, consulting with a professional chiropractor may well be a wise option.