How To Prevent Back Pain
Top Ten Tips and Action Steps
Learn how to prevent back pain with these top 10 tips and action steps and you will do more for your body than prevent back pain.
Top Ten Tips For Back Pain Prevention
Here are top 10 how to prevent back
pain tips and action steps that you can implement starting today:
- Guard against injury. Be aware of
your surroundings. Watch out for uneven terrain, objects you can
trip on, ice, wet floors, etc. Drive defensively. Many auto
accidents can be prevented by avoiding disruptions in your driving
concentration. That means no texting or cell phone talking.
- Treat all lower back injuries
properly. Injuries can weaken muscles and joints. This will
predispose you to recurrent strains and sprains that could have been
prevented if you had taken the proper rehabilitative measure
following any injuries.
- Keep fit. A body that is not
challenged everyday to perform at its present level of fitness or
more importantly attempt to exceed its present level will degenerate
in either strength, flexibility or endurance. A strong fit body will
be more equipped to avoid injury, recover quicker and
- Get and keep your body balanced. If you
have structural deficits you will have strength deficits as well. A
solid foundation and body balance will function with less stress and
be less prone to injury … both micro- and macro-trauma. Evaluate
your pedal foundation Are your feet pronated or exhibiting fallen
arches? Do you have a short leg?
- Maintain normal joint range of motion.
Joints that are too lax or too tight are more prone to sprain and
encourage muscle strains. Make sure you pay attention to flexibility
fitness when at the gym along with your strength and aerobic
- Avoid wearing shoes that are worn and
broken down. You know the importance of your car tire's balance,
alignment and tread wear and how they effect performance. Your
treads are every bit as important. Actually more so. If your car
parts wear out they are easy to replace. If your body parts wear out
you may be able to replace some but they will never function as well
as your original parts.
- Lift properly. Lift with your legs
while keeping the load close to your body. Avoid bending at the
waist to lift primarily with your back. Also, pivot with your feet
when turning while carrying a load . Many lower back injuries occur
by bending at the waist and lifting with the back in a twisting
- Get adequate rest. The body needs
a down time to recuperate from the days work and to become stronger.
Make sure you are getting 6-8 hours of sleep every night and are
sleeping in a proper position that is conducive to rest.
- If you smoke… STOP. You know
the harm smoking cause to your lungs, heart and blood vessels. Well
, it also cause damage to your connective tissues (ligaments,
tendons, discs). Tissue oxygen deprivation is a recognized effect of
smoking and a common cause of tissue degeneration.
- Make sure you get optimal
nutrition. Your body, every last cell, is dependent on the building,
healing and maintenance properties of nutrients found in a healthy
diet. Avoid the excesses of processed foods that not only lack
nutrition needed but can be health robbing. Choose whole grains,
seeds, nuts, vegetables, fruit and seafood. Make sure you are
drinking adequate supply of water each day as well.
Prevention Is Better Than A Cure
Treat your body the same way you would
treat a champion race horse or your Ferrari if you owned them. You
are more valuable than either of them.
It is better to keep a back
healthy than it is to rebuild a broken one.
Discovering how to prevent back pain is
a lot smarter than treating back pain. The old adage applies: "An
ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
Discovering how to prevent back pain
could save you money and your life. Prevention is the best health
insurance you could ever own.
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