If you have ever dealt with back pain, you know that it can truly make your life miserable. Itâ€™s easy to take a healthy back and spine for grantedâ€”but anyone who experiences back pain regularly wants nothing more than to get back to their normal, pain-free life. Back pain makes everything difficultâ€”sleeping, exercising, and even moving around the house. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep your back healthy and avoid painful symptoms. Below are five of the most important:
1)Â Â Â Â Stretch before physical activity. Thousands of Americans across the country injure their backs every year. Physical activities are one of the biggest culpritâ€”but the truth is that many of these injuries can be avoided simply by thoroughly stretching before participating in a sport or physical activity. Spend 10-15 minutes loosening up and stretching your back before an activityâ€”if youâ€™d like to learn more about how to do this, contact me today!
2)Â Â Â Â Exercise regularly. Not only will exercise help to keep you in shape and lead a more healthy lifestyle, but regular exercise will help you keep your back muscles loose, flexible, and strong. If you are currently experiencing back pain, consider low-impact exercise like yoga, swimming, or even speed walking. Regular exercise also helps you maintain a healthy weight, which decreases the amount of stress you place on your back.
3)Â Â Â Â Choose the right chair. If you spend a significant portion of time each day sitting in a certain chair, such as your office chair or a chair in your living room, make sure that itâ€™s healthy for your back. Look for a chair with good lumbar support and one that keeps you at the right height and position for whatever it is that youâ€™re doing. Throughout the day, take a few moments to get up from your chair and walk around the room, stretching gently in order to keep your back loose. The right chair can make a huge impact on the health of your backâ€”if youâ€™d like to learn more, please donâ€™t hesitate to get in touch with me today!
4)Â Â Â Â Eat right. You may not realize it at first, but eating healthy plays a substantial role in maintaining a healthy back. Not only will nutrients like calcium and vitamin D promote healthy, strong bonesâ€”but a nutritious diet helps you maintain a healthy weight. And by reducing the amount of excess weight on your body, particularly around your midsection, you can dramatically reduce the stress you place on your back.
5)Â Â Â Â Donâ€™t overdo it. Finally, one of the most common causes of back pain is easily avoided simply by knowing your limits. If youâ€™ve been playing a sport or working around the house and you start to feel tired and worn out, stop what youâ€™re doing! The more fatigued you are, the more susceptible your back is to injury. Donâ€™t push your luck!
A healthy back is something to be treasured. Whether or not you are currently experiencing back pain, these steps will help you strengthen your back and spineâ€”allowing you to focus on enjoying your life!