If there is one body part that most people seem to have problems with at some point in life, it must be the back. Back pain is such a common part of modern life that many people just accept it as normal and try to get by as best they can. Of course, anyone in the chiropractic profession or those with knowledge of human anatomy knows that most of the time, back pain isn’t necessary at all. Treatment from a chiropractor can help immensely, but you can also help yourself. Here are some effective back pain tips from a St. George Chiropractor.
Poor lifting technique is a common cause of lower back strains and sprains, so it is important to observe proper form when lifting heavy objects. When you do pick up a heavy object, bend at the knees and keep the item close to your body. Also, take care not to twist your body when you lift, and wear a brace if you have a job that requires heavy lifting. It’s also important not to twist your body when holding a heavy object. If you must turn, move your feet until your body is facing the right direction.
As most people are well aware, good nutrition and a balanced diet are important components of overall health.
Drinking the proper amount of water for your body weight and eating healthy foods will help keep weight off your midsection. Carrying excess weight in your stomach causes an imbalance, pulling on those muscles in your lower back all day long. If you suffer from back pain and carry extra weight in your stomach, modify your diet to reduce the burden on your back.
Practice Stress Relief
Stress tends to make back pain worse. That may be another good reason to practice yoga. Other ways to reduce stress include treating yourself well, avoiding over-scheduling your days, and taking time to enjoy life.
Exercise is an important part of good health for a variety of reasons, but it’s also a good way to injure your back if you don’t exercise properly. Whatever type of exercise you choose (whether it be running, weight lifting or hiking) , take the time to warm up properly beforehand and cool down properly when you’re done. Many people just want to jump right in and start lifting heavy weights or playing a sport, but your back muscles are still cold and tight. Find an exercise that’s within your fitness range and protect your back before, during, and after.
Avoid Prolonged Sitting
Generally speaking, people sit far more than they used to. Many professions require long hours at a computer and can have a direct impact on your overall health. The human body is designed to move, so when you sit all day long you compress the discs in your spine. Obviously, everyone cannot switch professions, but you can always get up and walk around a little each hour during the day to take some pressure off the spine. If you’d like more back pain tips contact your St. George chiropractor.
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