6 Ways To Avoid Lower Back Pain

Have a backache? Here are six tips to help you avoid lower back pain and back injury.  

The way that you hold your body in your daily life and during everyday tasks can have a significant impact on your risk of back pain. Here are six ways to reduce your chances.

  1. Stay fit and flexible Strong, well-balanced back and stomach muscles and a flexible spine will help to maintain your back’s natural curves and avoid injury.
  2. Check your hamstrings. Tight hamstrings are a common cause of low back pain. Always stretch your hamstrings after exercise to avoid putting pressure on your back or pulling your body out of alignment.
  3. Watch your step. Wear supportive, comfortable shoes. High heels throw the body off balance and increase the stress on your knees, ankle and lower back.
  4. Squat don’t bend. Bend your knees, not your back, when you pick up heavy objects and keep the object close to your body. Make your legs do the work.
  5. Push don’t pull. You are much more likely to slip and strain the muscles or ligaments in your back when you are pulling a heavy object than when you are pushing it.
  6. Don’t do too much. Combinations of physical movements – such as bending and twisting or lifting and turning – can put even greater pressure on your spine, particularly if you are lifting or carrying a heavy object.

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