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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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