Preventing Back Pain And Discomfort

Preventing Back Pain And Discomfort

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons reports that 75 to 85 percent of Americans will experience back pain in their lives, especially in the lower back or lumbar region. While this pain can get debilitating for workers and athletes, there are a number of things you can for preventing back pain and discomfort.

Eat A Healthy Diet

A well-balanced diet can help you in preventing back pain because it reduces inflammation in back muscles and bones. Eat more alkaline foods such as spinach, broccoli, carrots, celery, cantaloupes, berries and almonds. Alkaline foods provide more nutrients and oxygen to your body cells, which can better help you prevent back pain.

Maintain Proper Posture

If you always walk around slump-shouldered or sit in awkward positions a work, you’re given an open invitation to back pain. Hold your shoulders back when you walk and sit up straight at your work cubicle. Invest in an ergonomic chair or equipment.

Avoid Heavy Lifting

Don’t play Superman and try to lift heavy objects, even if you’re young and strong. Get assistance when carrying heavy objects or make multiple trips. When lifting objects off the floor, bend your knees and lift with your legs. Use a lifting belt if you must lift heavier objects at work.

Lose Weight

Extra weight puts more stress on your legs and back, which can cause back pain. Check the recommended weight charts and BMIs for your gender and height. And diet down to a weight more suitable for your frame. Join a weight loss center for assistance or contact your doctor for recommendations.

Exercise On Regular Basis

Perform stretching and resistance exercises for your back several times per week. One stretching exercise is to lie on the floor and pull one leg toward your chest with the other one extended. Alternate legs and repeat ten times. You can also pull both legs to your chest. Strengthen your back by pressing your lower back to the floor with your knees bent. Also, lift your buttocks off the floor while in the same position.

If you make a conscious effort to follow these tips, you can successfully start preventing back pain and discomfort that befalls others who don’t.

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