What to Do for Low Back Pain
By Sara Butler
Many, many people experience low back pain. You could say it’s become a bit of a modern epidemic, since your chances of experiencing it in your lifetime sit at about 80 percent. The chiropractors at The Joint help people every day deal with back issues and hopefully save them from a life of daily pain with treatment for low back pain. Here are a few tips from the chiropractors at The Joint to help you prevent low back before it starts.
One of the best things you can do in your daily life to help prevent low back is to pay attention to how your stand. Your posture when walking and standing can help to keep low back from striking you if you remember to:
- Keep your shoulders back
- Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart
- Keep your head lined up over your shoulders
This is the computer age so many people sit at computers for several hours when at work or even when at home. You’re probably staring at a computer screen right now! All this screen time has had a poor impact on posture, meaning that people tend to lean forward while at a computer, placing a strain on the lower back and contributing to back pain.
You can stay healthy and use the computer regularly if you remember to:
- Get up and move around at least once an hour
- Have a computer set up that helps you sit up straight
- Invest in a good chair that offers proper support to your body
As you sleep at night, your body uses the time to rest and rejuvenate. Your back uses the time to unwind and relax the muscles, allowing the spinal discs to rehydrate and release stress accumulated during the day. If you have a mattress that is over 10 years old and you wake up with a stiff, sore back in the morning, then you probably need a new mattress to help keep your back healthy. The recommended lifespan of a mattress is eight years.
You must have a stretching regimen that you do each day to keep your body and your joints healthy and working optimally. Discuss what stretches can benefit you with your chiropractor at The Joint and make sure to remember to work on strengthening your core muscles while you’re at it!
Low back pain can strike anyone, anywhere! Learn how to avoid it and keep your spine healthy with the help of the chiropractors at The Joint.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.