Tips to Prevent Back Pain
Maintain a healthy diet and watch your weight. Stick to a balance diet and avoid excesses. Keeping yourself trim and fit will not put that extra weight on your shoulders, neck, arms, back and legs. Remain active and don’t be sedentary. Avoid extended inactivity or bed rest. Have an exercise routine that works for you and stick to it. In case you may already have back pain, consult with your chiropractic doctor so that he is able to supervise you where exercising is concerned.
Also remember to warm up and stretch before doing your exercise routine or start any physical activity, such as gardening. Maintain proper body posture. Whether standing, sitting, walking, and even lying on your bed, make sure your spine is straight or supported to keep away too much weight on your back. When sleeping, be sure your mattress is of medium firmness – not too soft or to hard on the curves of your spine. Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
The higher your heels are, the further is your weight off the ground, and that necessitates extra effort on your legs, thighs, your hip muscles, then up your spine to support your total weight.
You tire easily especially if you are overweight. Lift with your knees and not with your back. Don’t put the force of lifting on your back muscles, but rather bend your knees as you try to lift an object; keep the object close to your body and not away from it. Also, do not attempt to twist your body, for that is twisting your spine, in your efforts of lifting or putting down objects. Quit smoking. You deprive your body, its muscles, like your spinal muscles, of valuable oxygen supply as smoking impairs blood flow.
Back Pain Prevention from Nu Star Chiropractic
As you see, changing a few daily habits can help maintain a healthy lifestyle, free of stress and back pain. Work with your chiropractor in Lynnwood and find more about prevention.