Tips and Tricks to Cope with Low Back Pain
By Sara Butler
The chances you will experience low back pain at some point in your life is very high. In fact, eight out of 10 people suffer from low back pain during their lifetimes. When and if that time arrives for you, the chances that it is serious are pretty slim. Of course, you should always see your chiropractor and let them know about any new pain you are having, but in the meantime, there are some things you can do to try to keep low back pain at bay, or to try to help improve back pain if you are suffering from it.
Trick No. 1: Reach for the Sky!
One of the reasons you may be experiencing back pain is that you are sitting in one position for an extended amount of time and not stretching. If you sit at your desk while you’re working for many hours at a time and you don’t take a break but begin to notice a twinge of pain in your lower back, then you need to stretch it out. Set a reminder to get up to move around and stretch at least once an hour. And don’t forget to stretch gently in the morning when you get up!
Trick No. 2: Use Your Smarts
If you do spend a lot of time working in front of a computer, then it’s going to be in your best interest to put your computer monitor right in front of you so you don’t have to turn your head or look down. It’s also important to shell out some extra cash for a good, supportive office chair that fits your body well.
Trick No. 3: Shoes are More than a Fashion Statement
If you wear heels and notice low back pain, then it might just be your shoes, especially if you routinely wear heels higher than an inch. You need to wear shoes that will provide support for you as you walk around over the course of a day. The scantier the shoe, the worse it probably is for your back.
Trick No. 4: Stay Active and Strong
When you’re able to strike a balance between rest and exercise, it will do your spine good! You don’t have to run a marathon to get the benefits; going for a walk after dinner will do the trick.
Also, work on building strength in your core to help support your back. Remember, strength training and building muscle are just as important as cardiovascular exercise when it comes to keeping your body and your spine healthy!