Back Pain Prevention
Approximately 90 percent of the population experiences at least one bout of back pain in their lives. Most of those people will go through back pain recurrences, but there are ways to prevent back pain from happening again or avoiding it in the first place. Get in touch with a skilled doctor to discuss your options to prevent further back pain.
Fitness and Exercise
Staying fit and exercising regularly are key components in back pain prevention. Exercises such as walking and swimming help build muscle strength without back strain.
Core strengthening exercise builds the abdominal muscles to aid in back support. Since excess weight is a major factor in back pain, exercise – along with a healthy diet – can keep you at a normal weight.
Maintain Good Posture
Maintaining good posture whether standing or sitting keeps your back in its proper alignment.
Smoking does not just increase your risk for cancer and heart disease – it also makes you more vulnerable to back pain. Smoking affects the amount of blood flowing into the spinal discs, making back pain more likely.
People with sedentary work lives, spent primarily in front of a computer, are at risk for back pain. If your office does not provide employees with ergonomic chairs, place a rolled towel or pillow at the back of the chair to help provide good support for your lower back.
Take frequent breaks and walk around the office, so that you are not sitting in front of the computer nonstop for hours.
The Right Mattress
You spend one-quarter of your 24 hours in bed. Make sure your mattress does not contribute to back pain. For most people, a medium firm mattress supports the back, allowing a comfortable night’s sleep without pain upon awakening.
Improper lifting causes many back pain episodes. Learn to lift correctly by bending at the knees, not the back and avoiding back twisting. The load is on your legs, not your back. Keep the object you are lifting close to your body. Do not attempt to lift a heavy object without the help of another person.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
If you are addicted to high heels, break your habit. If you must wear them for work, do not go higher than a 1-inch heel. High heels change the center of gravity, putting additional stress on the lower back.
Keep Your Bags Light
Carry the minimum required in any purse, briefcase or any other bag you carry frequently. Toting around these heavy items leads to poor posture and back strain.
Contact Tampa Bay Back Pain Doctors Today
If you suffer from back pain or would like to know more about back pain prevention, call today and make an appointment for an evaluation.