Top 5 Tips for Preventing and Reducing Chronic Back Pain
By Charles Hopkins
Published 11/27/2007 | Health
Back pain affects over half of working Americans every year, according
to the American Chiropractic Association. Causes of back pain are
numerous, but many fit within a few simple categories. While some
believe most people who suffer from it are those with arthritis or
serious injuries, this is not the case at all.
Back pain often comes from doing something simple like bending over
to pick something off the floor, having poor posture or twisting too
quickly. Here are five tips to keep your spine safe and your back
1. Watch your diet and exercise
It sounds so simple, but many people fail to realize that diet can
be the best weapon against back pain. Carrying excess body weight puts
large amounts of stress on the spine, so burning that fat isn't just
for looks: it can prevent and eliminate your back pain, too! Exercising
also helps to strengthen the muscles around the spine, making it less
susceptible to pain and injury.
2. Movement is key
Society has gradually declined into a sedentary state, due to
incredible advancements in technology and innovation. However, this has
had a tremendous negative effect on health in general, and needs to be
corrected. Back pain is common among those who sit at their desks all
day with poor posture, so be sure to take a walk and stretch every once
in a while. (Yet another very simple way to prevent back pain: and it
3. Lift properly
While it is possible to injure your back doing practically
anything, lifting creates a lot of stress on the back so doing so
improperly can produce horrible pain. Be sure to lift with the knees,
not the back. By simply bending at the knees when lifting, stress on
the spine can be reduced by as much as 90% or more!
4. You don't have to be awake!
Even while you're asleep you can take action to treat your back
pain. If you sleep on your back, try putting a pillow beneath your
knees for lower-back support. If you sleep on your side, this method
can work too, by keeping your spine straight.
5. See your Chiropractor regularly
If the above steps just don't seem to work, the best treatment for
back pain is to see a Chiropractor. By making regular visits, you will
find yourself reaching for pain medication less often, and you can
learn some valuable tips about your back specifically, which most
people would never know without a professional. These factors make
seeing a Chiropractor worth it if all else fails.
Implementing these small, simple changes into your daily life will
give you long-lasting pain-relief, without the use of harmful and
expensive medications. So what are you waiting for? Start sitting up
straight, exercising a bit more, placing a pillow between your legs
while you sleep and maybe even seeing a Chiropractor. You'll be glad