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Best Ways to Avoid Back Pain

best ways to avoid backpain
Dr. Neha Choudhary
Dr. Neha Choudhary
January12/ 2016

Four out of five people experience back pain at some point, making it the fifth most common reason for visiting the doctor.

Simple self-help strategies such as the following can be surprisingly effective at preventing back pain and keeping it from returning:

Regular Exercise

A regular physical activity can help ease inflammation and muscle tension.

Keep an Eye on your Weight

Excess weight, especially in your midsection, can make back pain worse by shifting your center of gravity and putting strain on your lower back. Staying within 3 – 4kgs of your ideal weight may help control back pain.

Maintain a Good Posture

An ideal chair for preventing back pain is one with a straight back or low-back support.

Sleeping Position

If you’re prone to back pain, talk with your doctor about the best sleeping position.

Avoid High Heels

They can shift your center of gravity and strain your lower back. Stick to a one-inch heel.

Be Careful How you Lift

Most back injuries are a result of lifting error. Never bend over from the waist to lift heavy objects. Instead bend your knees and squat, pulling in your stomach muscles and holding the object close to your body as you stand up. Avoid twisting your body while lifting.

Quit Smoking

It restricts the flow of nutrient-containing blood to spinal discs, so smokers are especially vulnerable to back pain.

Pick the Right Handbag or Briefcase

Lighten your Wallet

Sitting on an overstuffed wallet may cause discomfort and back pain.

Dr. Neha Choudhary
Dr. Neha Choudhary

Dr.Neha Choudhary completed her MBBS from Bangalore,India and is currently pursuing her higher studies in Melbourne,Australia.

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