Are You About to Back Into Back Pain?
By Sandy Schroeder
As it warms up and everybody starts moving around, it’s easy to do too much. You may have been waiting to get out in the garden or repaint the family room. Or the family camping trip may be finally coming together.
Whatever is happening at your house, make it a point to learn how to protect your back and all of your other joints. Stop by The Joint Chiropractic and learn how your spine’s health may predict your health.
The spine houses the intricate nervous system that controls, and coordinates, everything we do. When it works well, so do we. Before you start moving furniture, or cleaning out the garage, check this guideline from the American Chiropractic Association to protect your spine.
Watch What You Carry – Put your totes on a diet. Only carry what is needed. Distribute weight between two packs if possible, and use double padded straps on backpacks. Never carry more than 10 percent of your body weight.
Know How to Lift - When you lift, squat and use your legs to power the effort. Keep all items close to you and never twist while you are lifting. When objects are too heavy for one person, arrange for help.
Bend and Reach the Right Way - Use a ladder or stool to reach for anything above shoulder level. Never bend from the waist to pick up items. Squat and lift with your legs, not your back.
Protect Your Back As You Stand – Keep one foot ahead of the other with knees bent to reduce pressure on the back. Avoid bending forward from the waist, which can weaken lower back muscles and lead to pain.
Sit Smart – Use a chair with good lumbar support and keep the knees slightly above the hips. Make sure your head, neck, back and hips are all aligned.
Sleep Well – Reduce the pressure on your spine by sleeping on your side. Put a pillow between your legs to relieve pressure. Avoid lumpy, uneven mattresses, and make sure pillows mold to your head and neck to avoid artificial sleeping angles.
Eat Right, Stay Fit – Avoid belly fat that puts extra pressure on the lower back. Stay fit, and stay active, with doctor-approved exercise.
Stop Smoking – In addition to heart and lung risks, smoking reduces the flow of blood to the spine, increasing the risk of pain and loss of mobility.
The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you may have the answers you need. An affordable care program eliminates the need for insurance. Evening and weekend hours are available, and walk-in visits are welcome. No appointments are needed.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.