5 Ways to Ease Low Back Pain continued...
If you sit in an uncomfortable chair all day, work a jackhammer, or regularly twist your body into uncomfortable positions, your lower back will suffer for it. Smoking -- the bad habit that increases the risk of dozens of diseases -- can also lead to backaches. One study found that smokers are nearly a third more likely to have low back pain compared to nonsmokers.
Try these five tips to prevent or ease lower back pain:
- If you smoke, get help to kick the habit.
- Practice good posture whenever you sit or stand. When lifting something, lift with your knees, not with your back.
- Do exercises to strengthen the muscles that support your back -- especially the abdominals, hips, back, and pelvic area. Developing strong core muscles can make a big difference in how you feel. "When my abs are in good shape and I'm well worked out, I'm the least susceptible," Snyder says.
- Fight the urge to crawl into bed whenever your lower back acts up. "Our bodies are meant to be used," Wisneski says. "If you have pain, sometimes you develop a ‘disease of disuse.’"
- See your doctor and get treated for low back pain early on, so you can stay moving and keep active.