Back pain affects all of us at one time or another. 80 percent of the populations has felt it. Truth is, we are hard on our bodies. We don’t think about this when we are young but as we get older it is all too real.
I know this first hand. I have a curved spine due to pregnancy and bad posture. We may not even realize our bad habits until it hurts. I have thrown my back out a few times. It actually turned into once a year because my work was very physical and I had very bad habits.
We don’t realize the simple things we do that can cause lasting harm. The biggest culprits tend to be sitting for too long, not bending at the knees and not standing or sitting up straight.
THE WEIGHT OF THE UPPER BODY PUTS STRESS ON THE LOWER BACK
For many people back pain can turn chronic. My husband has Degenerative Disc Disease. It is the result of driving a truck for many years. So needless to say we have been to the Emergency Room on many occasions. Of course, during these events, you will receive medication but that doesn’t help the long-term.
As we age, normal stress on your discs make it difficult for your joints to hold your spine in the right position. When you’re vertebrae is moving more than it should, it forces your bones to put pressure on your spine which causes pain.
OFTEN THERE IS NO DIRECT CAUSE OF LOWER BACK PAIN
WHAT YOU CAN DO
There are many things you can do everyday to combat back pain from interfering with your everyday life.
Make exercise a way of life. Yoga is very helpful to those with back problems. If you do try Yoga, I would recommend attending a class to avoid further injury.
Daily stretching is a must if you suffer back pain . You should do it anyway, though. It wakes up your Mind and Body,to getting the blood flowing.
If you find yourself in a lot of pain, it is important to remember that laying down is the worst thing you can do. Try laying on the floor flat with your arms at your side for a few minutes and then get up and get walking.
Here are a few stretches that will change your life and your body. They should be done when you wake and before bed. It only takes a few minutes.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Press one knee to your chest, hold for five seconds. Switch legs.
Lie on your back, knees bent and rotate knees to each side keeping your upper body forward. Five times each side.
The Bridge is also very good for the abs. Lie flat and tighten your butt and stomach muscles. Raise from the hips a few inches and hold for three seconds. Make sure to form a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. Repeat five times.