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Keep Your Lower Back Healthy - See Your Chiropractor

By Sandy Schroeder

Avoiding lower back pain is well worth the effort. Once it arrives, lower back pain can just take over, demanding complete attention and leaving an individual helpless.

I have seen this happen. One minute the fellow was leading an active life, the next, not at all. In this case, he could not sit down without pain, and was reduced to lying flat in the back of his wife’s van, to get to the chiropractor’s office. But it all worked out after time, effort and treatment.

See Your Chiropractor

If you have lower back pain, or just want to find out how to avoid it, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. The Joint’s licensed chiropractors can help you seek pain solutions, and advise you on ways to keep your back healthy.

Your chiropractor believes a healthy spine can be the best path to overall health and wellness. Using a spinal adjustment to correct dysfunctions, far-reaching relief for back pain may be achieved, along with new energy, better sleep, and a clearer mental focus.

To safeguard your back, try these approaches from the Harvard health community.

Trim Weight and Keep It Off – The more weight you are carrying, the greater the load on your spine. A sagging abdomen shifts everything forward, adding more pressure. Keeping extra weight off also reduces your risk of heart attack, stroke, and many other serious diseases.

Don’t Smoke – On top of all of its other risks, smoking often leads to back pain. Nicotine impedes the blood flow to vertebrae and discs, limiting function and triggering pain. Smokers also lose bone faster, risking the pain of osteoporosis.

Be Active and Stay Active – Avoiding a weak back and abdominal muscles works best if you are active, exercising and stretching. Get your doctor’s approval for biking, swimming, and walking, and stick with them on a daily basis.

Watch What You Tote -  Most of us use all sorts of totes, and our kids frequently use backpacks. Keep what you carry as light as possible, use padded double straps to distribute weight. For extra heavy loads, use a backpack with wheels.

Guard Your Back Everywhere – Computer sessions and household chores can strain your back. On the computer take frequent breaks. Sit with your knees a little higher than your hips and make sure your feet are flat on the floor. For household tasks never bend from the waist to lift. Squat and use your legs to power the lift. When standing to do chores, keep one foot raised a bit to lessen pressure on the spine.

Stop by The Joint Chiropractic to learn more about protecting your back. The Joint has an affordable care program that eliminates the need for insurance. Weekend and evening hours are available, and walk-in visits are welcome.

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

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