Lower back pain is an extremely common affliction. Everyone at some point in their lives has to deal with at least a backache or minor muscle strain that can affect their activity level for a few days or more. For others, lower back pain can be an extremely disruptive force in their life — whether due to a more serious muscular injury or a spine condition like a herniated disc.
Like any other condition, there is no way to completely prevent the development of lower back pain. However, there are practical steps that anyone can take to improve their back and spine health and significantly reduce the risk of developing a debilitating injury. What’s more, these tips can include easy changes to your lifestyle that can be effective if implemented consistently.
Do these three easy things to reduce your risk of lower back pain
Here are just a few of the simple things you can do every day to potentially reduce the risk of lower back pain:
- Stand up straight — Poor posture is one of the most easily overlooked contributors to back pain. By actively focusing on improving it, you can elongate the spine and reduce stress on the lower back.
- Exercise every day — The right physical activity is great for your back and the good news is that a little goes a long way. Whether it’s a 20-minute walk or a one minute plank consistent physical activity goes a long way.
- Be safe and sensible — Be aware of injury risk as you go about your daily routine. Stretch and warm up before physical activity, use proper lifting technique at work, avoid overexertion and always drink plenty of water.
When combined with other healthy lifestyle choices like eating a healthy diet and avoiding tobacco products, these tips can go a great length toward helping you prevent chronic lower back pain.
Benefits of physical therapy for lower back pain prevention and relief
Whether you’re trying to prevent or relieve lower back pain, physical therapy can help. At Armor Physical Therapy, our experienced clinicians can help identify the potential sources of pain and recommend effective treatments to help promote the long-term health of your spine. We’re passionate about patient-centered care and will make sure that you receive one-on-one care and a custom-tailored program that is the right fit for your lifestyle and wellness goals.
Learn more about how we can help with the prevention and treatment of lower back pain when you contact us today to schedule your initial appointment.