Got back pain?? You are not alone! The American Chiropractic Association states that at least 31 million Americans experience lower back pain at any given time. In fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In most cases, the pain is not caused by a serious medical condition such as inflammatory arthritis or fracture. But that being said, chronic back pain is still a debilitating problem.
What are the causes of back pain??
Accidents and sports injuries are the most common causes, but sometimes even bending over incorrectly can suddenly trigger pain. There are other factors that can increase your risk of back pain such as: Poor posture, obesity or even being overweight, a sedentary lifestyle and too much sitting, osteoporosis or bone loss and even chronic stress. Can you relate to any of these factors? If so, the good news is that you can deal with these issues and make some changes to support a healthier back and hopefully alleviate most or all of your pain.
The key is to cut your risk of back pain right from the start! Here are some tips:
- Start stretching on a daily basis. Try yoga.
- Do not slouch when sitting or standing.
- Sit in chairs with good lumbar support.
- Sleep on your side to reduce any curve in your spine. Sleep on a firm surface and make sure you have a good mattress.
- Get regular exercise - that means anything to get your body moving. Walk more!
In addition to these tips, it is ALWAYS important to make sure that you are eating a healthy, nutrient dense diet and drinking plenty of water. No matter what, good health begins with good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
As we get older, it's not uncommon to get more aches and pains and joint stiffness. Sometimes you can feel like the tin man from the Wizard of Oz... The key is to help maintain your spine's flexibility and decrease the every day stresses that can cause back pain.
That's it for now -
Until next time,
Here's to the road that lies ahead, here's to you!