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Back Pain Prevention – Aria Pain Management Center

80 percent of Americans experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. The pain usually recurs and gets increasingly more severe with time. It can happen to anyone at any age, and usually affects people who are very sedentary or on the other end of the spectrum- those who perform hard manual labor. At Aria Health and Wellness Institute’s Pain Management Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, our goal is to provide a holistic approach to treat and manage all types of pain. Today we will be bringing you tips on how to prevent back pain from occurring and take good care of your spinal health. pain management center

 

Get Up and Move

One of the negatives of the Age of Technology is that our work environment has become almost exclusively sedentary. We sit for hours at a time with very little movement which can cause tension an injury to your spine. If you have a desk job, be sure and move about, reposition yourself, stand up and walk around for a bit every 1-2 hours. This simple tip can prevent tremendous pain and suffering in the long run. You might not feel the need to if your used to sitting at the computer for hours but set a timer if need be, and put into your daily schedule. Your back will say thank you for many years to come.

Maintain Good Posture

Slouching, while you type and text, or just walking with poor posture is a primary contributor to back pain. Gone are the days when our parents made us walk trying to balance a book atop our heads. Be cognizant if you find that your shoulders droop or your lean forward as you work and make a conscious effort to sit using ergonomically designed equipment to support the curves of your back. If you find that your slouch when you stand, lift your shoulders, up, down and back in a curving motion as you straighten your spine. Good posture increase lung capacity- your body has more room to breathe- and will help maintain good spinal health.

Exercise

Movement of your body, and regular exercise will help keep your back in shape. Muscles and bones are designed to move and when you don’t, your spinal cord, muscles and nerves are impacted negatively. The old adage comes to mind, “if you don’t use it, you lose it.”  When your body is not exercised regularly, your bones and muscles become more fragile making even the simplest tasks difficult. In addition, a lack of exercise will make you more prone to injury. So walk, run, jog, swim, play tennis or dance- whatever your preference. Your back will thank you.

Sleep On Your Side

Sleeping on your side is best for your spinal health. There is much evidence to suggest that going to sleep on your left side is the healthiest way to sleep for overall well-being, including digestive and circulatory health.  If you are a tummy sleeper, place a pillow underneath your lower abdomen to decrease strain on your back and prevent injury. Try and alternate and wean yourself off this position if at all possible to a side lying one.

At the Pain Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, pain management is provided from an integrative and holistic approach. Incorporating these tips on preventing back pain will help you maintain and support good spinal health. Back pain, its prevention and treatment will be an ongoing topic for discussion in the upcoming months.

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