Approximately $300 billion is spent annually on back pain. This can include over-the-counter or prescription medications or other things that promise to do away with back pain. If you have ever suffered from back pain, you know how debilitating this condition can be, making everything from sitting to standing to walking a difficult chore.
It is important to keep in mind that covering over the pain may give you some temporary relief. However, unless the underlying cause is addressed, back pain will continue and may even get worse. Pain is actually an important part of the way that the body functions. It can be likened to a smoke detector. When a smoke detector goes off, it is important to find out what made it go off. If not, the home may burn down. The same is true with back pain. Finding the reason behind it should be a top priority.
Keeping Back Pain at Bay
Here are some things you can do to help avoid back pain:
Be sure to lift safely: If you need to lift something, be sure to bend at the knees, get in close to the item, and the use your core muscles and legs to do the lifting, NOT your back.
Have good posture: This is the key to spinal health and important for anyone who sits a lot during the day or has to drive back and forth to work.
Strengthen the core muscles: The abdomen, hips, and lower back muscles are vital for the proper health of the back. If they are strong, you will have less pain when doing any activity.
If it hurts, stop: If you notice that what you are doing is making your back begin to hurt, you should stop immediately. Do not push through the pain as this can make it much worse and take longer to heal.
A final suggestion is to visit an upper cervical chiropractor. We are trained to help you find out what is causing your back pain and then help you to gently correct the problem which often lies in the bones of the upper neck.
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