Stop Back Pain Before It Starts
Isn’t it true that it is much easier to prevent an illness than to treat one and revive your immune system from a nasty bug? The same principle applies to back pain. It is much easier to prevent back pain than to find a cure for it. Don’t believe us; just ask 80 percent of the population who has suffered with some degree of back pain in their lifetime. So if you don’t have back pain yet, then follow these tips to keep it that way.
- S-Curved Chairs: You don’t necessarily need a fancy ergonomically designed desk chair to prevent back pain. You do need a chair that will support your natural S curve though. If your desk chair makes your back angle at a C then it is time to find a new chair. It is also crucial to get up and move every so often to keep blood flowing too.
- Stand Tall: One way to naturally stand taller and have better posture is to imagine that there is a line coming down from the ceiling and running from your head to your toe. You want your back, neck, and head to stay lifted throughout the day, not slumped or hunched over.
- Go Soft on Your Soles: Shoes with softer soles will be better for your back. Shoes without soft soles, such as high heels and flats, allow your foot to hit the ground in a way that the bones in your leg and back absorb the shock. This can lead to back pain quickly over time. Find shoes that have good soles or buy a cushioning insole.
- Don’t Smoke: If you are a smoker, it is time to say goodbye to your pack of cigarettes. Quitting smoking will positively benefit your health and keep you from developing back pain.
- Sleep Better: To prevent back pain, get more sleep and sleep on one pillow. Sleeping with too many pillows can strain the muscles, and sleeping on a pillow that does not have enough cushion can also strain the muscles. You want to find the perfect balance between the two so that your head and neck stay in alignment without any added pressure.
Consider yourself lucky if you do not experience back pain on a regular occurrence. Also, be sure to prevent back pain while you still have time. Back pain can be very debilitating, so it is best to do all you can to prevent it now.
Remember to always consult your chiropractor before taking any health advice.