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How to Save Your Lower Back from Damage and Pain

By Genevieve Cunningham

When people complain of back pain, that pain is most often found in the lower portion. Lower back pain is an incredibly common pain. It’s also a very frustrating problem because it’s difficult to avoid. While you may not be able to avoid all cases of lower back pain, there are a few measures you can take to improve your odds. Take a look at these tips for minimizing damage and discomfort in this portion of your body.

Use Proper Lifting Techniques

We lift things every single day. Most of the time, we only apply proper lifting techniques when we are lifting something especially heavy such as furniture or moving boxes. But those everyday items can cause pain as well. Lifting kids all day? Use your legs and avoid overextending the back. The same should be used for lifting pots and pans, bags, laundry baskets … basically anything that requires even a mild amount of strength.

Use the Abdominal Muscles

The lower back often hurts because we don’t engage the abdominal muscles properly. Think of the lower back and the abs as a team. As a unit, these two muscle groups work together to keep us stable. When we don’t use one group properly, it can cause strain on the other. If your abs aren’t doing their fair share of the work, the lower back works harder, sometimes too hard, which then leaves us in discomfort. If you want to minimize this, focus on strengthening and engaging the abs on a regular basis.

Make Sure to Visit the Chiropractor

Chiropractors are the perfect people to consult about eliminating back pain. They can remove restrictions from the vertebrae of the spine, which then reduces pain. With regular care, this pain may stay away for longer periods of time until it finally ceases to exist altogether. By far, getting chiropractic care is one of the most powerful tools in eliminating pain from the back and keeping it healthier than ever.

While two of these measures can be done all on your own, you will definitely need the help of a professional in order to get chiropractic care. When you’re ready to give this sort of care a try, visit with chiropractors at The Joint. Chiropractors here care about your health and well-being. They even offer walk-in visits and affordable pricing to make the process easy and stress-free. Pain in the lower back can be a bummer. Protect it with these tips and a trip to The Joint today.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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