One of the most common ailments that accounts for a majority of sick days in America is lower back pain. However, this condition can be prevented with good habits. Back pain is typically caused by the ongoing stress of daily activities, so it is important to keep yourself fit and healthy. Here are some basic steps that you can take to live free of pain day in and day out:
Get Plenty of Exercise
The spine is supported by a network of muscles, and strengthening these muscles will relieve stress from the more delicate structures in the back. Simple aerobic activity, like walking, swimming, or jogging, performed on a daily basis is enough to keep the muscles of the back strong. Plus, these activities will help you maintain a healthy weight, which is important to spine health.
Invest in an Ergonomic Office Chair
One impact of the computer-centered workplace is back pain from poor desk posture. Poorly designed office chairs are often responsible for this bad positioning, but there are ergonomic options that can offer the support you need throughout the day. Find a chair that is comfortable to you with adjustable settings to help you find the perfect working posture.
Sleep on Your Back
If you are used to sleeping on your side or stomach, making the adjustment to sleeping on your back can be hard to get used to. However, this position is most beneficial for lower back pain when you support your head and knees with pillows.
For more tips on reducing and preventing back pain, visit our website or contact HW Neurological Institute in Nashville at (615) 320-0007. We strive to provide each of our patients with individualized medical care to ensure that they can get back to their routines quickly and free of pain.