Back pain can often be unpredictable, but what if you could take steps to prevent it from happening in the first place? Here are the four most common causes of back injuries and how to prevent them:
- Attempting something your body is not used to. If you sit in an office all day, your body is not prepared for the tennis match you want to play this weekend or that gardening project. Engaging in an activity your muscles are not used to performing can cause injury! Be sure to exercise and stretch your core to prevent injuries like this.
- Lifting incorrectly at the gym. If you strain your back from lifting, it is much more likely to cause an injury. Make sure you are using proper technique when lifting weights, like bending at the knees and keeping your back straight. Looking in a mirror while using free weights can help you determine how to better your technique and reduce the risk of injury.
- Not paying attention during mundane activities. It is surprisingly easy to injure yourself when doing something as small as picking up the newspaper from your front step. When you don’t pay attention to how you are moving, your chances of moving incorrectly increase. To prevent this, be sure to keep your core strong and be mindful of how you bend.
- Sitting all day. The discs in your back are not designed to receive blood easily. Fluid circulates through the discs when you move. When you are sitting still all day, your discs become strained and can suffer from long-term damage. Office jobs and long commutes are unavoidable for most, so be sure to get up frequently for little bits of movement. Also, do your best to sit up during the day!
Sometimes even those who take great care of their backs can suffer from back injury or pain. Be sure to come see us if you are experiencing back pain or want to strengthen your back before it becomes a problem!