I’m actually yelling at you a little, can you hear it, I’m sorry.
It’s only because, I want the absolute best for you I don’t want to see you hurt. What am I ranting about you ask?
After working with a client, I was pushed to have a conversation about this…
We’ve heard it from our doctors, trainers, therapists, random news reporter, and/or read it in a printed publication.
Back pain is a big deal and can cause big problems if not addressed.
Of course the human body is a dynamic machine with many
moving parts and one part doesn’t move independent of another.
5 quick tips to help you address and/or minimize your risk for back pain
1) Don’t ignore pain: your body is great at reporting back when something is wrong, it’s called pain! If you have caused trauma to your back by doing house chores, playing sports, taking a fitness classes, or just moving a paper clip from one side of the table to another your body will tell you. You listen by talking with your health care professional about the causes of your pain and devising a solution to your problem.
2) Listen when they tell you to rest: Human beings are strong but fragile animals composed of muscles, bones, blood, organs, etc. Although some of you don’t like to admit it, we do break and/or get injured. Take care of the only precious temple that houses you. If your health care provider recommends rest, please take them up on it. Super heroes only win on television.
3) Don’t just sit around: Too much sitting is the reason why some people experience back pain. Your spinal column has spongy discs that act as shock absorbers; they keep the vertebra intact, and allows for some movements. These discs receive nutrients via blood flow. The more you move, the more blood flows. So no movement means wrung out discs, so to speak. Please move.
4) Loosen up your hamstrings: If you can’t touch your toes, please ask yourself, why this isn’t an issue you’re addressing. Think about this, the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of your lower back, buttocks, and hamstrings are all connected. The tighter and more rigid a body part is, the higher your chances are for causing injury. Tight hamstrings immediately put you at risk for increased lower back pain. The solution is simple, start stretching your hamstrings.
5) Strengthen your core muscles: Core muscles represent a group of muscles that work together to help keep you erect. They include the muscles of the abdomen, lower back, and hips. When these muscles are strong, they allow you to function at optimal ability. When they are weak, back pain could be a result. Bottom line; include core strengthening into your daily exercise regimen.
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