Sometimes we don’t even realize how much we are using our back. While, your spine can withstand a certain amount of use, it’s still vulnerable. The smallest things – how you stand, sit, or even sleep can cause back pain throw your back out of whack. Here are three steps for preventing back pain and reducing back strain:
- Watch your posture! If you’re going to be standing up for awhile pretend you’re in a bar and prop up your foot on a low stool or phone book, like you would on the foot rail at a bar. This helps relieve some of the pressure on your spine and keeps you from getting too stiff. Which leads to our next point…
- Get up and move around. Long periods of inactivity sitting at your desk or on the couch can cause stiffness. Stand up every hour or half hour and take a break from your computer to get the blood flowing and keep your leg muscles awake. If you can get away with it, prop your feet up on the desk (knees above the hips) every once in awhile to keep your circulation going.
- Strengthen your core muscles. By tightening your abs you’re building on the back support that nature gave you. Strong core muscles provide the support and strength you need to prevent back injuries. Not sure how to build those muscles? Yoga, pilates, crunches, and planks will do the trick. A personal trainer will be able to give you a personalized work-out program for building back strength.