When I first learned that back pain is one of the top causes of doctor’s visits in America each year, I have to admit that I was a bit shocked. Sure, most people have experienced some form of back pain at some point in their lives, but I couldn’t help but wonder, was it really that common and that disruptive in our society?
As I put more thought into it, I began to realize that there really are many ways in which we can strain our backs on any given day. The truth is that there are many threats to the health of our backs and spines facing us on a daily basis, from improper posture at the workplace to any sort of strain from lifting a heavy object or bending down too suddenly.
In light of this information, it is definitely good to know that there are things we can all do to keep our backs healthy and to prevent any strains or sprains from occurring and essentially taking us out of commission for a while. According to a very informative article post that I recently came across by How Stuff Works, here are the simplest ways to avoid straining your back during your everyday life.
Believe it or not, you can start out your day on the right or wrong foot, literally, depending on how you get out of bed. It is important not to rush quickly out of bed, but rather, to rise up slowly and swivel the whole body to the side you’ll be getting out of. Place your feet on the ground and use your arms to lift yourself off the bed.
You should also learn how to adjust your seats and chairs in order to keep your back in good condition. Make sure your feet can always touch the ground, whether you are sitting at a desk or at home. As for your car, be sure that your hipsare at the same level as your knees, if not slightly higher, in order to reduce some of the strain on your lower back.
When lifting heavy objects, it is important to remember to keep your back straight no matter what, and to use your thighs to lift. Following these simple yet effective tips will ensure a healthier back; seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis will keep your spine strong and healthy for better overall health.
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