Lower back pain afflicts millions of Americans. Sometimes it may seem as though all your friends are talking about it. As common as lower back pain is, however, you can take steps that will minimize your susceptibility to the problem. Here are some suggestions from the American Chiropractic Association:
|•||When standing, keep one foot slightly in front of the other and your knees bent. This will ease the pressure on the back.|
|•||When sitting, try to keep your knees on a line slightly higher than your hips. Keep your head up—it can weigh from eight to 12 pounds—and your back straight.|
|•||When carrying something heavy, keep it as close to your body as possible.|
|•||When lifting, don’t twist. Twisting is one of the most dangerous motions for your spine. And don’t bend at the waist to pick up a heavy object. Bend at the knees and let your legs, which have the most powerful muscle group in the body, do the work. If an item is too heavy to lift, pushing it is better than pulling it. Ideally, find a friend to help you.|
|•||Think about your posture during the day. Stay erect while letting your spine have its natural curve. Keeping your weight under control and your muscles toned will also help prevent low back pain. Regular chiropractic maintenance treatment is also good.|
Talk with your chiropractor about ways to keep you back pain free.
Source: www.nj.com; March 22, 2013.