Here are some factors that actually make your low back pain worse.
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Lower back pain is a very common ailment. In fact, more than three-quarters of adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their life. It can be caused by a variety of issues, including muscle strain, arthritis or injury to the vertebrae in your spine. One of the most common causes of lower back pain is actually something simple: bad posture.
Here are four ways to avoid worsening your lower back pain and keep yourself healthy:
Lifting heavy objects
Lifting heavy objects can be a major cause of lower back pain. When you lift with your legs, rather than your back, it will be easier on your spine and reduce the risk of injury.
If you need to lift something heavy, it’s best to use proper lifting techniques. Use a lifting belt for added support and strength when lifting objects that are too heavy for you alone or with another person (if possible). A good rule of thumb is that if an object weighs more than 25% of your body weight, use some sort of support–even if only briefly while moving the object into place or over short distances. If possible try using another person as an extra set of hands!
Sitting for long periods of time
When you sit for long periods of time, your body tends to relax and slump. This can put pressure on the lower back and cause pain. To avoid this:
- Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor, knees bent at a 90-degree angle (or as close as possible).
- Place a pillow behind you if it helps keep you from slouching or leaning too far forward in your seat.
Bending at the waist
Bending at the waist, like when you’re tying your shoes or lifting heavy objects, puts added pressure on your lower back. Try to bend at the knees instead of at the waist. This will relieve some of the stress on your spine.
If you’re having trouble bending down because of lower back pain or stiffness, consider using a shoe horn or putting up one foot on a stool so that it’s easier to reach down with both hands at once.
Driving a car
Depending on your size, you might have to adjust the seat forward or backwards, as well as the incline of your seat, to relieve pressure on your lower back. But people with back pain usually struggle in any position if they have to drive long periods of time. If that’s you, take breaks as often as you can.
The best way to help lower back pain is to avoid the things that make it worse. Lower back pain is a common problem and can be difficult to manage. One of the best ways to help lower back pain is by avoiding the things that make it worse. If you have lower back pain, try doing exercises that strengthen your core muscles and stretching before sitting or standing for long periods of time, as well as driving an automobile.
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