Watch Your Back: Steps to Prevent and Relieve Back Pain

Posted on August 22, 2013 by

According to studies, approximately 75% of all Americans will experience at least one back injury in their lives. This shouldn’t be terribly surprising considering almost everything we do requires the use of our back.

Except for a single traumatic event (car accident, slip and fall), the vast majority of back problems are the result of ongoing activities, i.e., straining, stretching, pulling, spraining or over-working the muscles in our backs. Here are some tips to help minimize back pain issues:

  • Pay attention to your body. If you must remain in a seated or standing position for prolonged periods of time, take small breaks and change positions. This will help keep the back muscles fresh.
  • Don’t put too much strain on your back. This is especially important when it comes to lifting or moving heavy objects. When lifting, always bend at the knees and lift with your back straight. Also, if you can, ask for help. It might hurt your pride, but that’s better than your back.
  • Manage your stress. Stress causes muscles to tighten up creating tension in our backs. Deep breathing, taking a walk or simply closing your eyes for a few seconds can have a profound effect on our mind and ultimately our bodies.
  • Vary repetitious activities. Certain activities and movements can lead to tired and sore muscles which can lead to injury. If you have to perform a repetitive task, try to vary the approach so as not to cause fatigue.
  • Stand and sit up straight. Mom knew what she was talking about when she told us to sit up straight. A straightened posture accentuates the natural curvature of the spine and prevents slouching which can cause discomfort over time.
  • Stay active. The more active we are, the more in-shape our bodies and minds will become. The more extra weight we carry around adds that much more stress on our backs. A moderate amount of aerobic activity a week keeps our body machine in optimal working condition.
  • Sleep on your side. Sleeping flat on your back adds extra pressure to your spine. Try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs. This promotes your spine’s natural curve while eliminating unnecessary stress on your back while you sleep.

By adhering to these simple suggestions, we can better manage and prevent the onset of back pain. However, if you feel your pain is increasing and won’t resolve, seek the advice of your family physician.

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