Back pain can be one of the most painful injuries to sustain on your entire body. It is also surprisingly easy to either tweak or harm your back with the slightest of activities. It is therefore important to try to take steps to prevent back pain from ever occurring. There are several steps you can take and things you can do to prevent back pain.
Exercise is one of the most important activities which will help to prevent back pain. It helps to strengthen your back and keep it relatively flexible and resistant to injury. Even just walking each day will help to exercise your back. Other exercises which are excellent workouts for your back include cycling or swimming.
Before partaking in any form of exercise or activity that will exert you back muscles, you must warm up and cool down your body before and after. Light stretches will help to prepare your back for the activity and will aid the prevention of injuries or strains.
Always take note of any pain you feel in your back, if you feel any pain, this is a warning sign that you are doing damage to your back and you should stop what you’re doing immediately.
When lifting any kind of object, whether they are heavy or light, you must use the correct lifting technique. When you are lifting objects, always bend at your knees and not with your back, also try to keep the object as close to you as possible to prevent you from lifting away from your body. Never twist or turn your back at any time while lifting.
Try not to sit down for a large amount of time, when sitting in a chair it causes pressure on your back and will weaken your muscles. Try to get up occasionally, even if for only a little while, to prevent your back from taking prolonged pressure. Also, when sleeping, it is vital to use a pillow that is the correct height for your body. It needs to support your neck to prevent any stress being put upon your back.
If for any reason you are taking medication for pain, try to use this sparingly as it will not help any problems you have with your back, but will only hide the pain, while any warning signs may go unnoticed.
Finally, if you are experiencing problems with your back, then it is probably best to see a professional. A chiropractor can help with your back problems and also give you more ways to prevent any repeat occurrences of the injury.
Hopefully these tips can go some way in preventing back pain for you and help you to avoid one of the most painful and hard to relieve injuries that everyday life can give you.