Back Pain Prevention

The spine is designed to be in the upright position. If you are bending or sitting for a prolonged period, stand up and lean back a few times. This reverses stress on soft tissue and bony structures in the low back. Arching the back in standing is a simple exercise and is very effective for preventing the acute onset of low back pain.

If sitting for long periods, use a lumbar cushion. This maintains the normal curves in the spine (which is designed to be in the upright position) and prevents undue flexion stress. Over time this can cause stretching and deformation of soft tissue and bony structures which can lead to pain.

Some form of exercise 2 or 3 times a week is advisable, especially if you have a sedentary job. Walking and swimming are ideal because the spine remains in a neutral position. This promotes general mobility and strength and can be a healthy form of relaxation.

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