Back injuries are among the most prevalent causes of pain and disability, not only in the United States, but all over the world. Some clinical studies show that up to 23% of adults in the world struggle with chronic lower back pain.
With this in mind, it’s likely that you’ll experience a form of back pain at some point in life. Thankfully, there are steps that you can take to avoid back injuries and prevent pain, including:
Focus on Your Posture
Good posture is essential to the health of your back and spine. When you sit or stand in a hunched position, it places an unnatural amount of impact on the lumbar spine. Standing straight with your spine in alignment alleviates this impact, reducing the risk of damage to the spinal structures.
If you have a desk job, pay particular attention to your posture while you’re sitting at your desk. We recommend investing in a high-quality chair with lumbar spine support to help with this feat.
Add Core Strengthening to Your Workout
The core muscles help support the spine. When you lift a heavy object, engaging your core avoids strain on your spine. So, consider adding a core strengthening routine to your regular workout. The experts at Rubin Chiropractic Health Center can recommend strengthening exercises that are particularly helpful for the deep core muscles.
Avoid Heavy Lifting
Heavy lifting is a common cause of back injuries. Generally, low-impact exercises like walking, biking, swimming, and gentle strengthening exercises are safer and more effective for patients looking to maintain their physical fitness.
If weightlifting is a part of your workout, make sure to implement safe lifting techniques. Lift from your legs, not your back, and keep the weight close to your body.
At Rubin Chiropractic Health Center, we offer an extensive range of therapies and services to preserve the health of your back. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!