Medical professionals estimate that 4 in 5 people will experience back pain during their lifetime, and nearly half of those people will experience it in their lower back. In today’s world, low back pain is very common. We live busy lives that leave little time for proper exercise, rest, and nutrition. With so little of our time devoted to taking care of our body properly, it’s no wonder that back pain is so common.
Unfortunately, once back pain sets in it can be difficult to get rid of it. With the help of a chiropractor and rehabilitation exercises you can bring good health back to your back, but it can be a time consuming and lengthy process unless you address the problem quickly. Luckily, preventing back problems isn’t difficult. By making a little time in your day to take preventative steps, you can keep your spine healthy and avoid many of the problems that cause lower back pain.
Whether you’re looking to prevent back problems in the future or are currently suffering from low back pain. Contact us today to help relieve back pain and prevent future injuries and discomfort.
Keeping Your Back Healthy
Keeping your back healthy isn’t as difficult as some people seem to think. You have probably heard the saying that, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That’s true when it comes to back pain as well. Preventing back pain is always easier than treating it, and it helps you avoid dealing with discomfort in the first place.
There are a number of things that you can do to keep your back healthy.
- Stay hydrated – Water makes up nearly two-thirds of your body and the discs between the spinal bones are mostly made of water. Proper hydration helps keep your discs healthy and in working order.
- Maintain a healthy weight – Being overweight, especially if you carry weight in your stomach, puts an excessive amount of pressure on your lower back. If you’re carrying around a bit of extra weight, work on getting to a healthy weight through proper diet and exercise. Losing those extra pounds takes pressure off your back, improves your overall health, and gives you more energy.
- Exercise – Exercise is good for more than just losing weight. It also builds muscles and improves your overall strength. Your back is a core part of your body and performing exercises that strengthen the back and surrounding muscles, such as the abdominals, helps alleviate pressure on your spine.
- Chiropractic care as prevention – Regular chiropractic treatments keep your spine healthy. With all of the pressure your back is under, not to mention the twisting that you do, it’s easy for your spine to shift. Even slight shifts in the spine can cause problems.
Regular visits to your chiropractor keeps everything aligned so that your back works like a well-oiled machine. Try to think of your chiropractor in the same way that you do a dentist; you’re not seeing them because you have a problem now, but rather to help avoid problems down the road.