Your lower back has a heavy load to bear. It’s responsible for keeping you upright, keeping your legs moving, and keeping your mobile and all without any pain at all. The amount of strength and flexibility that goes into that one space of your body is incredible, but it also means it is very open to developing a lot of problems.
There are so many.Nerves that run throughout your spine and into your hips so just one injury to the lower back can render you unable to walk. With the help of a good chiropractor, you’ll be able to keep your back in the best possible shape. But without being able to attend the chiropractors every single week, you do need to learn how to keep your lower back as pain free as possible. With that in mind, we’ve got a list of ways that you could do that yourself without having to run to the doctor every time you have a pain.
- Work on your core strength. If you have strong and supportive muscles throughout the trunk of your body, you are going to be able to support your spine. The spine is delicate, but the muscles that surround the back and the front of your body keep your spine upright and in good condition. Low impact cardio exercise such as walking or even swimming, can help the blood flow to the spine and stretch those muscles out. Water therapies are wonderful for the back because there’s less impact on the legs in comparison to things like running. That has a harder impact on the legs.
- Make sure that your office is up to scratch. Whether you choose to use a standing desk or you have an ergonomic office chair, you need to make sure that your office is supportive of your spine. We spend a big chunk of the day working, whether that’s from home or from the office environment, so you have to ensure that your comfort is king.
- Protect your back when you lift heavy things. From moving boxes as you move house to grocery shopping bags, you need to protect your back by lifting with your knees. There are plenty of instructional videos on how to lift safely while protecting your back out there. You just have to educate yourself and watch them. Always pivoting your feet and hips and holding objects close to the chest when you are lifting heavy things will help you to respect your lower spine.
- If you are putting a lot of stress on the structures of your lower back, you’ll find that you degeneration is the result. This leads to more pain and more injuries over time. Even simple things such as using a vacuum cleaner or opening a heavy door can impact your spine if you’re not doing it correctly. If you reduce the stress you put on your lower spine, you’re going to find that your spine is much happier with you.