6 DAILY HABITS TO PREVENT BACK PAIN
Although determining the cause of back pain and properly treating it can be complicated, preventing pain is actually quite simple: relieving pressure, reducing strain, protecting the spine, and strengthening the muscles. By changing a daily habits you can maintain a healthy, pain-free back no matter your age.
- 1. Strengthen Your Core
A regular strength training routine that focuses on the core muscles can reduce your risk of back injuries. There are many ways to maintain a stronger, more flexible back. Try incorporating back and abdominal strengthening exercises into your daily routine 2-3 times a week.
- 2. Change Your Shoes
Comfortable, low-heeled shoes are best bets for back pain prevention. They reduce the strain on the back while standing. Sorry, ladies: pumps with less than a 1-inch heel are the best bet for your back.
- Correct Your Posture
Good posture isn’t just a way to look more proper. It protects the intricate pieces of your spine to keep them functioning and healthy. Bad posture puts strain and stress on the back and can actually change the architecture of the spine itself. Avoid rounding your shoulders, slouching, or bending sideways while standing.
- Create a Supportive Work Space
When sitting in your office chair, use the same good posture techniques you would use while standing. Because many of us spend hours each day sitting down, it’s critical that you maintain good posture and support your back.
- Quit Smoking
We all know smoking is a serious health risk. Studies have found smokers are also more likely than nonsmokers to experience back pain. One reason for the higher risk is that nicotine restricts the blood flow to the disks in the spine. This can cause them to dry out, crack, or rupture. Smoking also reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood, which causes a reduction in nourishment to the muscles and tendons in the back. An unhealthy, weak back is more vulnerable to accidental strains and pulls that cause back pain.
- Stretch and Move
Standing, sitting, or lying down in one place for an extended amount is not healthy for your back. Our bodies were meant to move. At least every couple hours throughout the day get up, walk around, and do some simple stretches. This will help keep the blood flowing through the bones and muscles of your back. It will also ease away any strains or aches caused by inactivity.
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