Lower back pain is one of the most common physical ailments in the entire world. In fact, close to 80 percent of adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lifetime, whether that be acute back pain or chronic back pain.
It is a common misconception that lower back pain is something that some people are more genetically predisposed to develop, but in reality, anyone can develop lower back pain. Luckily, there are also things that you can do to avoid developing back issues in the future.
In today’s blog, we will be discussing 10 things that you can do to prevent having future lower back issues. But before we start, let’s discuss the difference between acute lower back pain and chronic lower back pain.
Acute Lower Back Pain
Acute lower back pain refers to a complication with the musculoskeletal system in your lower back for a short period of time. Typically, when someone has an acute lower back issue it is a result of an injury that causes a strain or sprain in the lower back muscles. Luckily, acute lower back injuries tend to heal without medical or clinical intervention in a matter of weeks.
Chronic Lower Back Pain
Chronic lower back pain is a medical condition where the back pain lasts for upwards of three to six months. Unlike acute lower back pain, chronic back pain usually needs some form of medical or clinical treatment in order for the healing process to begin — because a lasting pain suggests that there is more serious damage in the skeletal or muscular systems than was initially thought.
But how can you take steps towards avoiding lower back pain altogether?
5 Ways To Prevent Lower Back Pain
Eat Well & Exercise Regularly
When people think of lower back pain, they rarely think of diet and exercise as an influencing factor even though it is one of the leading influences in determining if lower back pain will develop. Eating healthy and exercising can benefit your lower back in two ways —by allowing you to lose weight and strengthen core muscles. Eating healthier and maintaining a healthy weight can help you avoid putting extra stress on your back, and exercising can help you strengthen the muscles that keep your back stabilized and secure.
Avoid A Sedentary Lifestyle
While it might be hard, being that nearly half of people sit at a desk for eight hours a day, avoiding a sedentary lifestyle can save your back. Sitting for long periods of time can lead to poor posture and the weakening of your lower back muscles — both of which will contribute to the development of lower back pain in the future.
When You Do Sit — Focus On Your Posture
If you live a sedentary lifestyle, whether that be for work or personal choice, it is important to maintain a positive posture. After sitting down for a long period of time, it is natural for your shoulders to drop forward and your spine to curl forward. When this happens, an unnecessary strain is put on your lower back. To avoid developing lower back pain, try to be mindful about your posture when you are seated.
Choose A More Forgiving Sleeping Position
When most people think of lower back injuries and chronic pain, they usually think of an injury causing it. In reality, something as seemingly minuscule as the position that you sleep in can lead to back issues in the future. Of the three sleeping positions — on your side, on your stomach, and on your back — sleeping on your stomach is by far the worst position for your lower back. Try sleeping on your back, or on your side with your knees slightly forward for the best pain-free sleep.
Lift With Your Legs
We have all heard it a million times. “Lift with your legs! Keep your back straight!” — and for good reason, too. One of the most common causes for acute lower back pain, and potentially chronic lower back pain, for that matter, occurs when someone tries to lift a heavy object with their back. Bending forward and curving the back makes your entire spine and lower back muscles more vulnerable to strain. By lifting with your legs, you can easily avoid injury.
If You Do Develop Lower Back Pain See A Doctor Or Clinician
While the above information provides you with insight as to how you can avoid developing lower back pain, it is not guaranteed to work — after all, there are thousands of contributing factors. That being said, when you do develop lower back pain, it is important that you see a health professional right away.
Treatments like the NGUI-MATRIX can help you diagnose the root cause of your lower back pain, and can also help you to correct whatever abnormality is causing your pain. And to make it even better, the NGUI-MATRIX pain treatment technique is non-invasive and non-toxic. Learn more today!