Back pain can range from minor and annoying to severe and debilitating. Regardless of the pain level, you want to do whatever you can to prevent back pain. The following tips should help you reduce the risk of back pain occurring in the first place or occurring again if it has happened in the past.
When your body is healthy overall, you are much less likely to experience back pain. Because of this, you should regularly exercise, being sure to choose movements that don’t put unnecessary strain on your back. Try doing low-impact aerobic activities regularly also work on specific muscle exercises that strengthen your core and back and improve flexibility.
Lose Excess Weight
If you are currently overweight, you should know that excess weight on your frame will add to the strain your muscles feel. This means that losing those extra pounds can help prevent back pain from occurring by putting less stress on your back.
Practice Good Posture
Whether you are standing or sitting, you should pay attention to your posture. When standing, aim to keep a neutral pelvic position. When you are sitting, choose a chair with lower back support and keep your hips and knees level. Pay particular attention to how you sit when driving in your car and while sitting at your desk, particularly if you work in an office or sit for long periods of time during the day.
Lift Objects Correctly
Many people accidentally lift heavy objects incorrectly and develop back pain in this way. You should avoid lifting heavy objects whenever possible, but if you have to, always keep your back straight. Don’t twist and let your legs work hard for you, bending only at your needs. Always keep your limits in mind when lifting an object and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you can’t move an object yourself.
If you do develop back pain, don’t put off getting treatment! Visit Dr. Cheree right away so you can get to the source of the problem and begin experiencing relief.