If there is one body part that most people seem to have problems with at some point in life, it is the back. An estimated 31 million Americans people suffer from back pain at any given time. Within the average year a staggering half of Americans reports at least some back pain. 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.
Fallow these helpful tips to prevent your likely-hood of having back pain.
- Maintain a healthy diet and weight
- Remain active under supervision of local chiropractor. (if you perform exercises that hurt ask your chiropractor how you can modify this activity to improve technique.)
- Avoid prolonged inactivity including bed rest and prolonged sitting.
- Warm up and stretch before performing activities.
- Be mindful and maintain proper posture.
- Wear comfortable low heeled shoes.
- Sleep on a mattress with medium firmness.
- Lift with your legs. Keep your back straight and chest up when lifting. Weights close to your body and do not twist in the middle of lifting.
- Quit smoking. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
- Work with your chiropractor to insure your workstation is ergonomically suited.
- Develop strong core strength. Ask local chiropractor for advice on best exercises for you.
Source: American Chiropractic Association