Sometimes it seems like the threat of back pain looms over all of us at any given time, and when you take into account all the many different causes of back aches and pains, it’s not hard to see why this threat is so pervasive in our society.
Many people end up getting pain in their backs from repetitive strains at their work stations, while others experience back pain as a result of a fall or other traumatic injury. Sometimes back pain can come on suddenly from a particular event, while for others it can be a gradual process that becomes chronic and only gets to be worse as time goes on without any sort of treatment. This is why it is important to know how to prevent back strains and injuries early on, so you don’t end up dealing with unwanted stiffness, aches, or pains later on in life. I learned some great and simple tips from an article that was written by the Arthritis Foundation on this topic, and I’m happy to share what I learned in the article here with you.
From the moment you wake up, you can already practice ways to protect the health of your back. Here is a great way to get out of bed in the morning that places the least amount of strain on your back: Start on your side, in the fetal position, with both of your knees curled up towards your chest. From here, swing your legs over the edge of the bed and stand up slowly, making sure that your back is straight as you do so.
Since most people end up experiencing immediate back pain as the result of bending the back or carrying heavy objects, it is also important to know the proper way to lift these objects. The key fact to remember when getting ready to lift something heavy is that your legs and thighs should be doing most of the work, as opposed to your back. Bend down to reach the object, and use the muscles in your legs to propelyourself up (not forward) as you lift the object. Make sure that your back remains straight throughout all of this. If you need to turn around, do so by pivoting on your feet, as opposed to twisting your upper body.
When you remember to follow these simple tips, your risk of developing back pain will be greatly reduced. Be sure to ask your doctor of chiropractic about any other tips he or she may have for improving back health.
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