Five ways to prevent lower back pain

By Mark R. McLaughlin

We all get lower back pain sometimes. But there are things you can do to prevent it from happening too often or from becoming too serious. Here are five important ways to prevent lower back pain.

Get Up and Get Moving

The most important thing you can do to keep your spine and body healthy is to exercise. The best way to start is to think of an activity that you enjoy and do it. Your goal should be to exercise at least 30 minutes each day (or on most days of the week).

See Your Doctor Regularly

Regular check-ups with your doctor are important, no matter what your age. Plan to see your physician at least once a year to make sure all your systems are working smoothly. If you are experiencing low back pain, and can’t seem to find any relief, it’s time to see your doctor.

Lose Weight

It’s estimated that over half of all Americans are overweight. While the spine is designed to carry and distribute the body’s weight, excessive weight can strain the spine. If you don’t know how to start, talk to your doctor.

Have Good Posture

You may think that slouching when sitting or standing is relaxing your muscles. But it makes your muscles work harder. Good posture, which involves standing and sitting in a balanced and neutral position, is the best way to avoid straining your spine.

Rest Easy and Properly

Sleep is an essential nutrient for our bodies and where we sleep can make all the difference. If you are having trouble sleeping or find that you wake in the morning more tired than when you went to bed, you may need to take a good look at where and how you sleep.

(Courtesy: Spine Universe)

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