Lower back pain doesn’t have to rule your life. With a few easy lifestyle changes you can keep lower back pain at bay and prevent it from making your life difficult. If you have a job where you sit most of the day or if you participate in activities that can cause chronic lower back pain, there are ways that you continue to do the work and activities that you love without having to put up with lower back. Here are some easy ways to stop lower back pain from happening at home and at work:
Wear supportive shoes
Invest in a few pairs of well-made supportive shoes that are going to provide the support you need in your legs and back. If you like to run or walk for exercise don’t skimp when it comes to buying workout shoes. Get shoes made specifically for running or walking. If you have to wear dress shoes like high heels at the office buy a pair of supportive walking shoes to wear to and from work and keep a pair of dress heels in your desk drawer.
Get enough lumbar support
Many offices do not provide ergonomically correct chairs to their staff. Without proper lumbar support you can develop serious lower back pain from sitting in a chair all day. If your work won’t provide you with a chair that has enough lumbar support buy yourself a lumbar support pillow and use it when you are at work.
Get up and move
This goes for home as well as work. If you’re sitting on the computer at home get up every hour and walk around for at least 10 minutes. At the office make sure that you get up and move at least once an hour. You can even walk in place next to your desk if you have to. Or walk to the break room, to the bathroom, around the building, or out to your car. Just get moving. When your hamstrings get tight from sitting in one spot for a long period of time you can experience lower back pain. So get moving to loosen up your hamstrings.
Do yoga in the morning and at night. Morning yoga stretches will get your body ready to face a day of movement and action. Night time yoga stretches will stretch your muscles and get them ready for a period of inactivity. Yoga will also help strengthen the muscles in your legs and back. Stretching and strength exercises will also help support the spine, putting less pressure on it. We have an eBook that provides 5 Exercises to help your low back pain. There are even bonus videos to demonstrate! This eBook is free and may even save you a trip to the chiropractor!