The Best Way to Support Your Back Each Day
By Sara Butler
When you're trying to live with chronic back pain, completing simple tasks each day can be a bit of a challenge. The goods news is that with the help of the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic, you can ease everyday pain with a few simple strategies. Here are some tips to help you support your back each day and reduce your chronic back pain.
Support Your Spine at Work
Do you sit at a desk all day? If so, then you need to make sure you care for your back. Sitting for several hours each day can place a significant amount of stress and strain on your back, putting pressure on the spinal discs and muscles that support the spine often making back pain worse. If you sit in a slouched or hunched position, then that makes matters even worse.
To care for your back when sitting at work, you should:
- Fine-tune your chair so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees bend at a right angle
- Ensure you have proper support for your lower back
- Adjust your computer screen so you're looking straight ahead, not down
- Sit as close to your desk as you comfortably can
You should also try to get up at least once per hour to stretch and move around. Some people have found sitting on an exercise ball as they work to be helpful or to incorporate a standing desk so they can go between sitting and standing as they complete their work. If you need suggestions for how to make your work environment friendlier for your back pain, then talk to a chiropractor at The Joint.
Chronic lower back pain can be improved through regular, low-impact exercise. This type of exercise helps to support your lower back by making your muscles stronger and also helps you to experience fewer episodes of back pain, increase functioning in your daily life, reduce stress on your spine, and increase endorphins to help your body naturally fight pain.
Talk to your chiropractor about low-impact exercises that will benefit you the most such as walking, swimming, or biking. You should aim for about 30 to 45 minutes of low-impact exercise most days of the week, about four to five.
To care for your back each day, talk to the chiropractor about the little things you can do to keep back pain away!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Renton, Wash.