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3 causes of low back pain

Low back pain is common nuisance in our modern society.

Low back pain can limit your daily activities such as getting in and out of the car, picking up a baby, and standing to cook.  The pain can come and go  but if it isn’t addressed with care it can become a greater problem.  Low back pain is the second most common reason why people go to the doctor, second only to the common cold.

A common way to hurt your low back is by moving a heavy object.

Many times people have underestimated the weight of an item and realize it while they are moving the object. The best advice… put the object down and go ask for help. It’s a simple solution, and it will prevent from another problem happening.  If you do need to lift something off the floor or a low surface, make sure to squat down and use your leg muscles instead of bending at the waist.  This can really help your low back pain from getting aggravated or made worse.

A second common way to hurt your low back

Is sitting at a desk slouched. A good chair aligned correctly with the desk is key to preventing back pain. The chair doesn’t have to be expensive, it just has to be a good fit for your back. Taking breaks often and stretching or walking to the water cooler will help your low back muscles relax also.

The third cause

Consists of a twisting movement. Many times people hurt there back pulling stuff out of the trunk of the car.. only it was in the corner way in the back! Twisting and bending together add a lot of pressure on your back, and places it an vulnerable position. The simple solution is to break up the movements. Pull the object directly towards you, and then lift it up using good body mechanics. Most people just twist, pull, and lift all at once!

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