Chiropractor - Avoiding Lower Back Pain
There are many causes of back pain including bulging or herniated discs, sciatica, pinched nerves and misalignments of the spine or pelvis or sacroiliac joint. If you are prone to back pain or back aches here are some steps you can take to minimize them.
First, be careful in the morning, our back is most vulnerable the first hour after awakening. Strenuous physical activity that first hour after arising from bed should be avoided. Many people find it helpful to do appropriate gentle stretching in the morning.
Second, be careful when lifting. Bend at your knees and not at the waist, and then keep the object lifted as close to you as possible. Also tighten your abdominal muscles slightly during the lift.
For example, if you are placing a child into a car seat bend at the knees to pick up the child, tighten your abdominal muscles, and keep the child as close to you as possible when lifting rather than stretching out your arms.
Third, make sure your mattress set is in good shape. It's essential to have proper support for our back when we're sleeping. A mattress that is too old can lead to problems. If a mattress is more than 8 years old it may have seen its best days and need replaced. And always be sure to get a new box spring when you obtain a new mattress.
If you are having back pain you can use ice or cold pack applications to your back.
To learn how to properly do this you can visit my previous article: "Should I Use Ice or Heat?"
To learn more about chiropractic care in Pittsburgh please call Dr. James Schofield at 412-367-3313.
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