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Simple Tips for Back Pain Prevention

By Stephen R. Farris

Back pain is not a simple problem we experience at times. It could be caused by an automobile accident, some type of trauma, or from joint, bone or muscle disease. But if none of those relate to your condition, there are ways to treat and prevent back pain.

See Your Chiropractor

A visit to your local chiropractor can help extensively. They can examine you to see what's causing your pain and suggest treatment options and for how long you'll need them. They can offer suggestions on managing your pain and how to prevent future problems that could happen as well.

Eat Healthy and Stay Active

This can be achieved through a nutritional diet and exercise program. Choose foods that are high in nutrients and minerals. Green leafy vegetables are a good source for these and meat products such as chicken and fish contain proteins to help keep joints and muscles strong. Take a walk before or after work. Maybe join a gym and work out with weights, take part in an aerobics class or spin class, anything that'll keep your body in motion. Before doing any type of exercise, make sure you stretch out those muscles and joints first. There's nothing worse than jumping right into your routine and feel something tighten up.

Invest in Comfortable Shoes

It doesn't matter if you're walking around in your home or doing it for exercise, shoe comfort is a must in helping to prevent back pain. Make sure the heels are low with plenty of padding on the inside where your foot rests. Most padding can be replaced as well. Normally there's a designated section found in the drug aisle at your favorite store.

Don't Lie in Bed for Too Long or Sit for Hours

Not only is lying in bed for extended periods unhealthy for you, it could lead to back pain, problems with your digestive system, poor circulation and other health conditions. If you're sleeping in, get up at least once an hour and move around the house. Sitting for long periods can lead to those same health problems. If you're at work, driving all day, or at staying home in your recliner watching television for hours, get up and move around every 30 minutes to an hour. Best yet, shut off the TV and do some exercise.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Valencia, Calif.

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