Manage These 3 Habits To Reduce Lower Back Pain
According to the CDC website 25% of U.S. adults reported lower back pain as one of the most common types of pain problems. The percentage may seem insignificant at first glance until we put it into perspective. As of 2019 there are over 328 million people living in America which means roughly 82 million Americans are struggling with lower back pain. The CDC website also mentions how opioids continue to be prescribed to treat acute lower back pain.
1. Sitting Too Much
Our lives now favor sitting for longer periods and though we try to exercise we’re still sitting for eight hours or more daily. We sit for just about everything; eating, working, and sometimes between sets at the gym. If you’re sitting for hours that means tight muscles that could lead to lower back pain. If you’re sitting in poor alignment this concern increases. Break up sitting time and stand more when possible.
2. Performing Activities In Improper Alignment
Exercise should be performed correctly and with an eye for injury prevention. This should also go for activities of daily living. You may be performing your everyday activities in poor alignment and this could lead to an injury. One example could be leaning over to grab objects when you should be squatting to pick them up. Pay attention to form when performing everyday activities. Our form while we sleep, stand, walk, run, and clean to name a few could lead to a pain problem.
3. Forgetting To Stretch
Flexibility helps joints maintain proper range of motion. Tight muscles and shortened muscles could translate to altered movement and operating patterns. This could mean bending and/or shifting the body to accommodate discomfort which could result in injury. Tight posterior chain muscles could also be the cause of lower back pain so maintaining some level of flexibility would help.
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