Tips to Reduce Back Pain

Our lifestyles can lead to back pain in many ways. If you have a desk job and sit all day, then that can lead to discomfort. If you have a more active job and stand or move all day, then that can be a strain on the spine and back muscles, too. As humans, we are constantly doing things in our lives that aren’t great for our bodies and can lead to pain. Getting regular chiropractic care is a great way to minimize pain and prevent further issues. However, there are some things you can do on your own, everyday, to help reduce and prevent back pain!

Check out the slideshow below for all of our recommendations!

 

  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight

    Excess weight on our bodies is a strain on our muscles, joints, and spine. This strain can lead to pain in many areas, including the back.

  • Remain active

    Proper exercise will help strengthen the muscles around our joints and spine, helping to stabilize these areas.

  • Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest

    While doctors once thought that bed rest relieved back pain, now we know that is does not reduce pain and can actually make it worse. Also, sitting for prolonged periods can cause bad posture and put pressure on the low back causing pain.

  • Warm or stretch before exercising or other physical activities

    Getting the body ready for physical activity can help prevent injuries.

  • Maintain proper posture

    Maintaining your spine’s natural curvature is key. When standing, stand straight with your shoulders back. When sitting, sit straight and use lumbar support to maintain your low back curve.

  • Lift with your knees

    Using your knees to lift objects reduces strain on the back. When lifting, keep objects close to your body and avoid twisting.

  • Quit smoking

    Smoking restricts blood flow and can deprive all tissues, including those in our backs, of oxygen and nutrients.

  • Ensure that your workspace is ergonomically correct

    Incorporating the proper chair, desk, and other supports can make your workplace more comfortable and reduce back pain typically associated with desk jobs.

 

Please use us as your total health team and wellness coaches. Dr. Cohen helps all of his patients address these issues everyday. Contact him for any tips, tricks, or resources to help in any of these areas!

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