Chiropractic Tips to Escape Lower Back Pain
By Sandy Schroeder
Most of us power through the day without worrying about back pain until it confronts us. Without realizing it, we may be setting the stage for ongoing pain and reduced mobility if we allow lower back pain to get a grip.
Stop in at The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to find out more. The Joint doctors of chiropractic can help you deal with any pain that you are having, and learn ways to prevent future pain.
The Spine's Role
The spine houses the central nervous system that governs almost everything the body does. When the spine is healthy, overall health may thrive, too. A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may provide far-reaching back pain relief.
Weekly 15-minute adjustments may keep the benefits coming. At the same time, you can protect yourself from future back pain with tips like these from Harvard Health.
Stay trim – Extra weight loads up the spine. If it shows up in the form of belly fat, it can put added pressure on the back. Strive for a normal body mass index (BMI) of 19-25.
Stay in shape – Lazy back and abdominal muscles invite lower back pain. Exercise the back, buttocks and abdomen with routines that your doctor and chiropractor approve. Add stretching to keep muscles supple and avoid tightening. Use walking, stationary or regular biking, and swimming to keep the back strong. Be more cautious with activities that involve lifting, reaching, or high impact efforts, such as lifting weights, running, or tennis.
Never smoke – Smokers run into more back pain when nicotine impedes the blood flow to the spine. Smokers also lose bone mass faster, creating a greater risk for osteoporosis.
Tote less – Lighten fashion totes and backpacks. If possible, distribute the weight to both shoulders and use padded straps. For very heavy loads use a pack with wheels and bend from your knees when picking it up.
Protect your back at home and at work - Follow these guidelines for better health:
- Don't stand or sit in one position for too long. Move around or stretch
- When sitting, knees should be slightly higher than hips. Keep feet flat on the floor
- Limit vacuuming or raking to 10-minute efforts
Escaping lower back pain is serious business. Depend on The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to support your efforts. Find out more about their affordable healthcare plans that require no insurance. Flexible weekend and evening hours make visits convenient. No appointments are needed.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lexington, S.C.