How To Prevent Back Pain
No one welcomes back pain with open arms, it’s horrible and can be caused by many different reasons, and sometimes there’s not a lot we can do about it. I know this firsthand, I have thrown my back out several times. Having said that, there are a few things you can do to try and prevent it. Here is what works for me and I hope it works for you too!
Be careful how you lift things
Never bend from the waist if you’re going to pick up something heavy. You should always bend your knees and squat while pulling in your stomach muscles, keeping the object as close to your body as you can when standing up. – Pretty much exactly what you’d do if you were squatting in the gym.
Get some exercise
If you’re suffering from back pain, you might find that you should rest it and not be active at all, and in some cases, a day or two may help, but you shouldn’t get into the habit of that.
Regular physical activity is not only good for your body in general, but it can help ease any swelling and muscle tension you may have trapped in your back.
Watch your weight
The more weight you gain – the more weight your body is having to carry around every single second of the day, and this can cause an awful lot of strain on your back. So if you already have some pain there, you won’t make it any easier by being overweight. Try and stay within 10 pounds of your ideal weight and this may help relieve the constant pressure put on your lower back.
When you smoke, it actually restricts the flow of ‘good blood’ (packed full of nutrients) that goes to your spinal discs. So if you are a smoker, it would be wise to stop.
There are specific positions you can get into when going to bed, to avoid putting a strain on your back. A common one is to sleep on your side with your knees pulled up towards your chest.
There are also many stretches that you can do before you get into bed and after you wake up. – These can help to loosen everything up. You can also consider using inversion tables for this too. It will not only help your back but the muscles around it as well.
Keep a good posture
When sitting down, the best position to sit in is with your back straight, with your knees a little higher up than your hip level. So if this means putting your feet on a stool to get in the right position, – do it.
Keep your head up straight, relax all your muscles and breathe. It may feel slightly odd at first, but this is only because your body isn’t used to it, so stick with it.
Now you know how you can avoid back pain, put them to the test and see if you start to feel any changes.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain though, you should go to your doctors about (it if you haven’t already,) because there may be a serious reason as to why you’re suffering.