Friday, August 21, 2009

Tips to Prevent Back Pain

The majority of lower back pain is preventable (exceptions being accidents, tumors, etc.). The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) gives these tips on how to prevent back pain:

  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
  • Remain active.
  • Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
  • Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activities.
  • Maintain proper posture.
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
  • Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.
  • Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
  • Work with your doctor of chiropractic to ensure that your workstation is ergonomically correct.

Source: ACA

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*Information on is for informational purposes only. Always seek medical advice from your physician. In cases of emergency, seek care from an emergency health care provider.

1 comment:

  1. Back pain is a real problem in our world today. It can be a seriously debilitating condition, and it’s not always easy to treat.
    Even I want to give some more tips which will help to everyone.

    Sleeping position - Sleep on your side, with your knees bent towards the chest. Place a pillow between the knees to reduce pressure on the back.
    Exercise - Exercise not only helps to maintain proper weight, but also helps build and maintain strong muscles. However, if you already suffer from back pain, consult your doctor before starting an exercise routine.
    Good posture - A balanced posture allows the body to relax while maintaining an erect position. If you stand for long hours, avoid back pain by placing one foot on a stool or a box to avoid stressing the pelvis. While sitting, make sure that your lower back is supported and that your feet stay flat on the floor.