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Managing Your Back Pain Can Be Simple

By Virginia Laird

For the millions who struggle with back pain, living a life pain-free can seem impossible. However, chiropractors say that pain should not be a life sentence. There are a few things that chiropractors say you should try to help manage and prevent your pain. These tips include:

  • Avoid crossing your legs
  • Lift heavy loads with your legs
  • Get up and move

Avoid Crossing Your Legs

One habit that many have, and do not even realize it, is crossing the legs while sitting. Although this seems to be harmless, chiropractors say that it can lead to a great deal of pain. The truth is that crossing your legs can cause the vertebrae to shift, leading to restriction. Chiropractors encourage those who feel the urge to cross their legs, to opt instead from crossing at the ankles. Still, chiropractors preach that the best way to sit is with your feet flat on the ground.

Lift Heavy Loads With Your Legs

There are many reasons you may find yourself lifting heavy items and loads. For some, the simple task of getting the groceries inside can lead to back pain. Chiropractors admit there are a few things you can do to help ease this pain. While the first tip is to ask for help when lifting heavy loads, at times there is no help to be found. When this happens, chiropractors encourage patients to lift with their legs. This can help prevent the heavy weight from straining the back muscles and prevent pain.

Get Up and Move

For many with back pain, the thought of moving around can seem preposterous. Still, chiropractors say that getting up and about can help release tension that builds in the body and help prevent some back pain. This is not to encourage anyone with pain to go for a long walk or hit the gym. However, chiropractors do say you should stand, stretch, and walk around for a few minutes to help manage your pain. 

If you are one who has trouble releasing the tension that builds in your back, consider adding routine chiropractic care to your healthcare regimen. Through regular daily activity, the spine can shift, leading to restriction and pain. Chiropractors focus their care on these vertebrae and work to restore function while eliminating pain. If you are ready to make this care part of your routine, consider dropping by The Joint Chiropractic in your community. With more than 500 locations nationwide, you are sure to find one nearby. And with no appointment necessary, getting started is as simple as stopping by on your way home from work. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Raleigh, N.C.

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