Do you suffer from pain in the lower back? It affects most people at some point in their life, and can be caused by sporting activity, lifting heavy objects, sitting in a hunched position for extended periods or simply the normal wear and tear of an ageing spine.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has published some common-sense advice to help reduce the chances of developing back pain:
1. Exercise regularly
Exercise can strengthen your back and core muscles and is an excellent way of preventing back pain and of reducing it. While strenuous exercise should be avoided if you already have acute back pain, you should still continue to get up and move around. Studies have found that prolonged bed rest and inactivity can worsen symptoms, the AAOS noted.
2. Use proper lifting techniques
If you have to pick up a heavy item, don´t bend over. To avoid straining your lower back, keep your back straight and bend with your knees.
3. Check your BMI
Try to maintain a healthy weight – excess body weight puts more stress on your lower back.
4. Check your posture
Whether you are sitting or standing, it´s important to have good posture to help avoid future back problems. Try to keep your back straight, rather than slouched. Imagine you´re a puppet with a string attached to the top of your head, pulling you upwards.
5. Avoid smoking
Cigarette smoke and nicotine cause your spine to age faster than normal.
For further information and advice on low back pain, including the treatments available from Wimbledon Clinics, visit http://www.wimbledonclinics.co.uk/low-back-pain.