Nearly 75-80% of Americans suffer from acute or chronic back pain at some point in their lives. While the source of back pain varies from person-to-person, there are a few commonalities that most people share. I did some research and found some of the most common causes of lower back pain (and what you can do about it).
Commuting & Computing:
We sit, we sit, and we sit some more. We sit at work, we sit at home, and we sit in the car. Your back hates it. The discs in your spine are nourished by motion. So sitting still is hard on your back, neck, and can do long term damage.
Prevention: You have to sit, so try these suggestions to lessen the pressure on your back.
Orthopedic Surgeons state that most often, they see people who injure themselves during a weekend basketball game or round of golf. Many of these people think they are athletic, but they don’t train (or stretch) and as a result, their back suffers.
Being Unaware During Daily Activity
Simple tasks like picking up a laundry basket, taking out the trash, and doing the dishes can bend your spine out of shape and you might not even realize it. UPS has the highest rate of injury at the end of the day due to fatigue of the mind and body.
Train yourself to keep your core muscles engaged. Think about drawing your belly in and up toward your spine, and check in every so often to make sure you are still engaged. Pay particular attention to this while performing duties around the house or in the office.
Essentially, it is most important to perform exercises that will stretch and strengthen your core and back muscles. Try a local yoga class or find a few strength exercises online. Prevention is key.
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