Most cases of back pain are a result of chronic bad posture and doing daily activities the wrong way. Preventing back pain is easy. All you have to do is pay attention to a few things you usually do. This takes a bit of dedication, but you can say bye-bye to chronic back pain once you do these things.
Move a lot more.
Your muscles and joints are meant to move. People who don’t exercise are more likely to suffer from back pain than those who exercise regularly. Exercise makes the joints fluid and strengthens your muscles. Strong muscles are less likely to suffer from strain. On the other hand, people who have weak muscles may suffer from strain by doing even simple tasks or lifting relatively light objects. You do not have to go out and get a gym membership. Just a little light exercising at home can help prevent back pain.
Keep your weight down.
Too much fat puts so much stress on your joints. The worse type of fat is one that sits in the gut. The fat that makes your abdomen big also shifts your body’s center of gravity and puts a lot of strain on your backbone and back muscles, which work harder to keep your balance. So, use some belly fat blasting tips to get that area into better shape. And if you have problems dropping weight, check out our tips on breaking through that plateau.
Maintain correct posture.
People whose jobs keep them in front of their computers all day long are some of the most vulnerable to back pain. Wrong posture causes muscle strain. However, the regular 9-5 guy doesn’t pay much attention to how he sits by his desk. Back pain has been the usual ailment of the average office worker. One way to fix the problem is to improve your work station for ergonomics. Choose an office chair that has a straight back to provide appropriate support to your back, especially the lower back. Make sure your computer monitor is at your eye level so that you don’t slouch or bend down your head unnecessarily when working. Another important thing to do if you work in the office is to take hourly breaks to do stretching.
Have you woken up with a nasty back pain? You probably was sleeping in a less than ideal position. The best way to sleep to prevent back pain is to sleep on your side with your knees bent a little towards your chest. If you should sleep on your back, put a pillow under your lower back and another pillow under your knees.
Choose the right bag.
Backpacks are great because they distribute the weight over both your shoulders. Avoid wearing just one strap over a shoulder because creates strain on that side where the bag is. The same thing is true for shoulder bags. Because you have to wear them on one shoulder only, muscle strain and imbalance results. Handbags are not all that cool as well. If the handbag or case is particularly heavy, you should switch hands from time to time to work both sides of the body. And if you are carrying around a laptop in your bag, then definitely get an ergonomic laptop backpack to reduce back pain.
Idiopathic back pain is probably stress-related. Stress wreaks havoc on your health in many ways. Chronic stress causes muscular tension, and you feel that tension as pain. Meditation, breathing exercises, Yoga, and even taking a vacation can reduce stress and relieve stress-related muscular aches.
Observe right form during workout.
Form is crucial in all types of workout. Whether you’re lifting weights or doing push-ups, it’s vital that you do them in the correct form to avoid muscular strains, particularly in the back. For some tips on form, check out this article.
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