The joints, bones, and muscles of the spine provide most of the core support for the rest of your body.
If you injure a part of your back, this interwovenness can result in pain and weakness in other parts of the body, such as the arms or legs.
Back injuries can be the result of abrupt trauma or the result of chronic issues such as regularly sitting for extended periods of time without proper lumbar support.
Consider some of the following recommendations offered by our experienced College Park Chiropractors that you add to your routine to prevent back pain from occurring.
When lifting, do so with your knees, especially when it comes to heavy items.
Never fold over at the hips to pick up an object; instead, squat down with your knees while keeping your back as straight as you can manage.
Make sure that you have a firm grip on the object so that it doesn’t slip from your grasp; you don’t want to have to make any jerky or awkward movements to catch the item as it falls. Also, don’t try to lift objects that are too heavy, as you can injure your back by over exerting it.
If an item is too heavy for you to lift, procure some assistance.
When driving or sitting, pay close attention to your posture.
Make sure to keep your back as upright as possible, as often as possible, and do your best to avoid slouching. Chronic slouching can cause back pain as the muscles in your back become tired, pulling at the structures that support the spine.
In this way, poor posture can perpetuate itself, worsening over time, and causing back pain and injury.
Staying in shape is an excellent way to ensure the health of your back.
Carrying extra weight, especially around your middle, can increase your risk of developing back injury due to the distention it causes in the spine and muscles of the lower back. Make healthy choices by keeping your weight down, eating a balanced diet, and exercising regularly.
Try to incorporate abdominal exercises into your routine to avoid core weakness.
Strong core muscles provide additional strength and stability for your back and spine, minimizing the risk of injury
Activities like swimming and yoga are also excellent for your spine and will strengthen all of the muscles in your body, decreasing the likelihood that you’ll over engage or injure your back.
You can learn more great tips for preventing back pain by scheduling a consultation with AICA College Park’s Chiropractors.
Just fill out our online contact form or call us at (404) 592-0319.