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A Healthy Back Is Essential

By Paul Rothbart

Back pain is all too common. The back is one of the most important parts of the body as the spine supports the entire skeleton, which supports the entire body. People frequently strain or injure their backs by making mistakes in how they lift heavy objects and how they perform their jobs and other tasks. By taking the time to do things in a way that doesn't overtax the spine and its muscles and seeing a chiropractor, back pain can be avoided.

Work Ergonomically

No matter what you do for a living, you can harm your back. If you work at a desk, use a chair with solid lumbar support or place a rolled-up towel behind your lower back. Have your monitor set at a height where you can see it while keeping your head level. Take frequent breaks to get up, stretch and move around.

If you have a job that involves heavy lifting, always use proper form. Lift with your legs, never your back, and make sure you are holding the object securely. Never turn at the waist while carrying something heavy. Wear a back brace and get help for really heavy lifts.

Stay Active

Spending all of your free time sitting around watching TV is not going to do your back any favors. Stay active and exercise regularly. You can walk, run, bike, or play your favorite sport. Engage in exercise for 20-30 minutes a day for five days a week. This will keep your back and all of the parts that help it strong and healthy. Stretch before and after working out and make sure to get enough sleep to recover fully.

See a Chiropractor

No matter how well you care for your back, strains and injuries can happen. By making regular visits to a chiropractor, you can avoid serious back problems. A chiropractor will examine your spine and find any subluxations or other problems. They will be adjusted, relieving pain and helping to prevent future problems. A chiropractor can also make adjustments to the joints which helps them to function better. This can also take strain off your back.

There is no body part more important than the back and yet many people don't do a good job caring for it. Work ergonomically, be careful lifting, and consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment. You may find that regularly seeing a chiropractor helps your back stay strong and healthy.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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