5 Ways to Take Care of Your Lower Back
Back pain is common, but it’s also preventable. When people experience pain in their lower back, it can alter their life in a negative way both at work and at home. The good news is there are simple ways to treat lower back pain and prevent it from occurring in the first place. First and foremost remain active, this doesn’t mean you have to join a health club or do strenuous exercises, just walking for 20 or 30 minutes is enough to help prevent back pain. Doing lower back stretches throughout the day is usually all it takes to help promote better spine health. However, there are plenty of other ways to take care of your back as well.
Make it a point to stand up and walk around or do quick lower back stretches if you have to sit for prolonged periods of time. A simple one-minute stretch every 30 minutes or so will go a long way in preventing back pain. If you have to, set an alarm so you remember to get up and move around periodically.
Prioritize Your Sleep
Many people don’t realize their sleeping habits are contributing to their back pain. Having the right mattress is important, but your sleeping position is also critical. It’s best to sleep on your back if you can, but if you need to sleep on your side or on your stomach, then use pillows or other items to keep your spine aligned. Poor sleeping habits can result in deteriorating spine health over time. Also, get plenty of good sleep, at least 8 hours a night.
Hydration is Key
The human body needs water to function properly. The discs in your back are made mostly of water, so if they are deprived of hydration, then they won’t be able to work as needed and will send you painful signals accordingly. So in addition to doing lower back exercises, remind yourself to drink several cups of water every day.
Be Careful of What You Consume
Some foods and drinks could be causing your back pain as well. Soda and alcohol consumption can eventually lead to reduced bone mass density. Some foods can also lead to weight gain and more strain on the back. Balancing your diet and being conscious about what you’re putting into the body will go a long way in maintaining good spine health.
Seek Treatment When Needed
If your back pain is persistent, it’s always a good idea to seek advice and treatments from a medical professional. It can be hard to tell whether back pain is severe or not, so at the very least a medical professional can provide you with some clarity and a treatment plan. The longer you wait to take care of your back pain, the worse your spine health will be.
DBC Active Spine Care® is the industry leader in spine adaptive functional restoration. Through extensive research, our evidence-based spine functional restoration program is known as the best intervention for back pain. Taking care of your back is simple to do on your own, but if you need any tips, advice or are tired of dealing with back pain on a daily basis, contact us today to set up a free consultation.