Do you suffer from back pain? If so, you’re not alone. Statistically speaking, 85 to 90 percent of those reading this article have been or will be affected by back pain. You may have heard of disc degeneration or spinal arthritis. These ailments become more common as we age and can be attributed to the changes that the bones and discs in our spine experience. So, what can you do to avoid spinal pain and the resulting health implications?
- Exhibit good posture. Always sit up as straight as possible. (Yes, always.) When standing upright, bend your knees slightly to take pressure off of your lower back.
- Avoid twisting your spine. Twisting your spine can lead to debilitating pain down the road.
- Lift with your legs, not your back. Bend your knees and hips to squat down to what you are carrying. Keep your load close to your body and straighten your legs to lift.
- Exercise your core. Your core is your lower back, abdomen, hips, and gluteal area. Focus on strengthening these parts to support your spine.
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