Looking for a new you in 2022, but back pain is getting in the way? While low back pain is one of the top diagnoses treated each year in the United States, there are a few changes you can make in your lifestyle so you can be your best self in the new year!
• Exercise – Exercise improves your health in many ways, including the health of your spine. One cause of back pain is weakness in the “core” muscles that support the spine. These muscles are small and not as strong as the larger muscles, which is why they are so prone to injuries. Strengthening these muscles can help prevent back injuries. Sit-ups, crunches and pushups can help improve your core strength. Other options include stretching and yoga. Not only will these activities strengthen your core muscles, but they will also improve your flexibility, helping you be less susceptible to injuries.
As with any exercise regimen, check with your physician or spine specialist before you begin to ensure the exercises are safe for you.
• Healthy Body Weight – Staying fit is crucial to all aspects of your health, including the health of your spine. When you’re carrying extra weight, especially around the torso, those small muscles around your spine have to work harder just to keep
you upright. While our weight is something many of us struggle with, if you can maintain your ideal weight, you can decrease your risk for back pain.
• Proper Lifting Technique – Using proper lifting technique can help decrease back pain. Use the big, powerful muscles in your legs to lift, not the small muscles in your back. When you need to lift something, squat down until your hips are parallel to the object’s center of gravity. By doing so, you will force your leg muscles to do most of the work, allowing you to keep your back straight as you lift.
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• Stay Hydrated – Drinking plenty of water will help prevent back pain by maintaining the size of the fluid-filled discs between your vertebrae. These discs are responsible for absorbing much of the shock your spine experiences during the day. If you are not properly hydrated, the discs can become smaller and offer less support to your spine. Overtime this can lead to back pain.
We hope these tips help you start 2022 off with a healthier spine. If you have back pain that keeps you from doing what you love, the physicians at Resurgens Spine Center are here to serve you in one of our 24 area locations.
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