Chiropractic Tips to Protect Your Lower Back
By Sara Butler
At The Joint Chiropractic, we're big fans of the spine. When you think about it, the spine is pretty darn amazing. It holds your body upright as you bend, lift, stand, and do the twist. But the real problem is that most people take their spines, and the things it does for them, for granted. That's why low back injuries and pain are so common. As your spine twists and bends, your lower back takes most of the stress and strain. To help you prevent the stress and strain that can lead to injury and pain, here are a few tips to help protect your lower back from the chiropractors at The Joint.
A strong spine starts with a strong core. If you can tone the muscles in your abdomen, then you can offer your lower back a little more support to help relieve some of the pressure put on it by everyday tasks. Core exercise that chiropractors often recommend to help include:
- Leg raises
Of course, just working more movement into your day helps to strengthen the muscles that support your spine. Taking a walk each day can help too.
Think About Posture
When you practice poor posture, you put an unnecessary amount to stress and strain on your spine -- and your entire body, too! Think about how you sit, walk, stand, and even lay down at night. Talk to your chiropractor about how to tell if your posture is good or what you can do to improve it. Be sure to support your body with an ergonomic chair during the day and get up to move and stretch at least once per hour when you sit for long periods of time.
It doesn't make a difference how old you are or how many muscles you have, if you don't lift things the right way, then you're putting your lower back in danger. Make sure to use the proper form by never bending at the waist and never lifting with your back. Always lift with the power in your hips and legs and squat to pick something low up.
You can reduce stress and strain on your lower back with stretching. Tight hamstrings are a big cause of lower back pain, so taking the time to do a few stretches that focus on the hammies is a great way to help reduce discomfort.
When you take care of your lower back, then you proactively work to prevent injury from happening in the first place. Regular adjustments from the chiropractors at The Joint are a big help too!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Magnolia, Tex.