Back pain is one of the most common physical mobility issues affecting people of all ages. There is a wide variety of causes, but will generally be pain and tension related to muscles or ligaments that are attached to the spinal cord.
This article doesn’t intend to diagnose your pain. However, it does provide some food for thought, and a few simple things that you can change to make improvements or reduce the strain and, therefore, pain in your back.
Lift your shoulders and be mindful of your posture when you both walk and sit at your desk. It’s as simple as it gets. Yes, just think about it more and you are likely to walk better and sit more upright, putting less strain on your lower back.
Bad Sleep Position
We spend almost a third of our lifetimes sleeping. It is a lot of time and, as such, we should be thinking about the best way to sleep that works for our body, and specifically our backs. Find one that works for you. It may take a fair amount of trial and error, but getting the best night sleep with the right position will go a long way to take away or at least ease your back pain. It will also be useful to have the right kind of mattress and pillows, if you intend to improve your sleep position.
Poor Lifting Techniques That Are Repeated
Most people have to lift something daily, be it their work bag, groceries, or other household items. We’ve all made the same mistakes and used our backs to pick things up off the floor. This is a surefire way to damage the back. Instead, you should be using your legs to lift. These are the power muscles, and by bending your knees instead of your back, you will be able to keep from over-exerting.
Not Enough Core Exercises
The lower back muscles and core muscles are the muscles that support and protect the spinal cord. The lower back is the most common area of back pain and aches and pains. It is, therefore, these muscles that you need to work on, as when strengthened, the back and abdominal muscles will provide the strength to allow you to use the back for your everyday activities, as well as avoid back pain. Do planks, sit-ups, and crunches, and remember that having abs is more important for your back than it is to have a beach-ready body.
Back pain can be debilitating because we need and use our backs for pretty much all movements that we undertake.
A damaged back can cause untold pain and discomfort, and as we age, there may be increased damage as we live more sedentary lives and are affected by bone and joint density issues.
The tips suggested in this article will allow you to strengthen your back, as well as to use it in a more considerate fashion.