If you’re experiencing back pain, you are not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, back pain affects 8 out of 10 people. Dr. Tewson, at Sun 7 Chiropractic has been providing the residents of Fairbanks, AK, with non-invasive pain relief for over 30 years. Below, they list a few common causes of back pain and how you can prevent them.
3 Reasons for Back Pain & How to Prevent It
1. Lack of Regular Exercise
It’s a frequent occurrence: a person who hasn’t exercised in months spends the day moving furniture, playing sports or performing home improvements. The next day they wake up with awful pain and can barely move. This pain occurs because strenuous movements engage all the muscles in your core and back. If you don’t routinely use these muscles, they can become stiff and have a difficult time recovering after sudden use. If you find that you’re often sore after weekend yard work or playing pick-up softball, start exercising more regularly.
2. Improper Lifting
Another common cause of back pain is using improper form while lifting heavy objects. When you go to lift an object off the ground, you need to know how to properly engage your legs, arms and abdominal muscles to avoid putting too much strain on your back. Failing to do so can cause you to experience a back spasm or throw your back out.
Sitting for long periods of time can wreak havoc on your spine. When you sit, the discs in your spine compress, causing the fluid to drain. This leaves your discs painful and unlubricated and is aggravated even further by slouching or leaning forward while you sit. Protracted sitting can also lead to the loss of flexibility and can increase the risk of a herniated disc. It is estimated that 40% of people with back pain have spent long hours at their computer each day. If your job requires you to sit for eight hours a day or more, take frequent breaks to walk or stretch. This will help to counteract some of the pressure on your spine and minimize discomfort.
If you’re having a difficult time managing your back pain, call (907) 456-3302 to schedule an appointment with Sun 7 Chiropractic. For more information on available treatments for back and neck pain, visit their website today.