Eight out of every ten people will experience back pain in their lifetime – now that’s a hefty number! Back pain can have many causes, and, if severe, can affect your entire life. It is important to look after yourself, both inside and out, in order to effectively prevent the onslaught of pain and injury. Unfortunately, there are many myths surrounding back pain, and this means that diagnosis and treatment can often be misconstrued and incorrect. We’ve put together five critical facts you need to know about back pain to help you gain knowledge in order to prevent and aid in the treatment of back pain.
Invest in a good mattress
It may seem trivial to those, not in the know, but where we lay our head at night has a huge effect on our body. We’re only given one body in this lifetime – it’s important we invest in a good quality mattress that will last the test of time. Avoid spending exuberant amounts of money by purchasing your new mattress from a mattress sale. These days, there are many mattresses and mattress accessories available to ensure your sleeping needs are absolutely met. Be sure to tell the sales assistant helping you about any issues you may have with pain or injury, and your preferences regarding mattresses and pillows.
Lift heavy items safely
Incorrectly lifting heavy items is often the cause of back pain. Heavy lifting can cause injuries such as back strains can form. Sprains are tears in the ligaments that support the spine, and these can result from twisting or lifting with bad form. Ensure you bend your knees and do a squatting motion whilst lifting heavy items, and don’t lift anything that is too heavy for you. If help isn’t available, safely use an accessory such as a trolley or a forklift to help you shift extremely heavy items.
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Exercise is a great way to strengthen back muscles, as well as the rest of the body, to ensure that the spine is adequately supported. Engage in a range of exercise to ensure you’re utilizing all your muscle groups and reaping the maximum benefits of your sweat! Exercising regularly also helps to maintain a healthy weight and improve your posture – both very important factors in the health of your back and spine.
Maintain good posture
As mentioned above, exercising consistently helps towards improving your posture. As well as this, there are a few helpful tips that can go a long way to achieving better posture. Stand up straight, keep your shoulders slightly back, your chin level, and always try to engage your core so you don’t have your tummy sticking out. These few simple pointers will ensure you’re well on your way to better posture and a pain-free back.
See a doctor if pain persists
If you’re experiencing chronic or persistent pain, tingling, numbness, sharp feelings of pain, or have had a recent injury, book an appointment with your doctor. They will be able to give you the best information available regarding your condition.
Taking note of these critical facts, you will be able to decrease your back pain and be well on your way to making the most out of life!
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