These Daily Habits Could Help Prevent Back Pain
Unless you’ve injured your back doing a specific activity, back pain doesn’t generally develop overnight. When you experience back pain, it’s most likely the result of daily habits over the course of several months, years or just plain inactivity. The good news is you can incorporate better daily habits to not only decrease your current back pain, but also prevent further pain from happening. Before you visit an interventional pain management professional, here are some daily habits you should consider incorporating into your routine.
Fix Your Posture
Poor posture is one of the main reasons why you may be experiencing back pain. One of the first things a spine care center will tell you when you visit is to make a conscious effort to correct your posture. This could mean keeping your hips, shoulders and ears in a straight line when standing, or sitting properly in a chair with good back support if you are mostly in a seated position throughout the day. When seated, be sure to sit flat on the seat with your feet on the ground. You may need some additional cushions at first to support your improved posture, but you’ll slowly notice the pain fading over time.
Use Proper Lifting Techniques
When lifting heavy items, you want to put as little strain on your back as possible. However, it’s still important to do some lower back stretches before lifting to make sure your muscles are ready for the task. Some stretches may include stretching your hamstrings and doing some rotation exercises at your torso. Bend your knees as much as possible when lifting so more of the load is directed to your glutes and legs instead of your back. When needed, use lifting devices or ask someone for help before you try to do too much and run the risk of hurting yourself.
Move and Stretch As Much As Possible
Many people sit at a desk all day long. While it may seem like it’s impossible to strain or hurt yourself like this, it actually puts a great deal of pressure on your back. Get up occasionally and do some lower back stretches, or simply walk around when you get the chance. Stretching out your back throughout the day will help keep the muscles, ligaments and tendons more flexible. Sitting in one position for hours at a time can cause both short-term and long-term pain, so taking small steps to prevent it can help tremendously.
DBC Active Spine Care has a track record of successfully helping our patients recover from back pain and preventing pain from coming back. Our spine care centers have treated more than 150,000 patients with a 90% success rate. For a free demonstration on how our revolutionary technique works, be sure to contact us today.