Low Back Pain - Living With Low Back Pain
Pay attention to your body mechanics and posture
Body mechanics are
the way you use your body. Posture is the way you sit or stand.
prevent a return of low back pain, you will need to take extra care when you
lift. When you must lift, bend your knees and flex from your hips. Don't let
your spine slump.
- Back Problems: Proper
- Think about your posture, whether you are
sitting or standing.
Slumping or slouching alone may not cause low back pain. But after the back has
been strained or injured, bad posture can make pain worse. "Good posture"
generally means your ears, shoulders, and hips are in a straight line. If this
posture causes pain, you may have another condition such as a problem with a
disc or bones in your back.
Stretch and strengthen your back
When you no longer have acute pain,
you may be ready for gentle strengthening exercises for your stomach, back, and
legs, and perhaps for some stretching exercises. Exercise may not only help
decrease low back pain but also may help you recover faster, prevent reinjury
to your back, and reduce the risk of disability from back pain.
is the simplest and perhaps the best exercise for the low back. Your doctor or
a physical therapist can recommend more specific exercises to help your back
muscles get stronger. These may include a series of simple exercises called
core stabilization. The muscles of your trunk, or core, support your spine.
Strengthening these muscles can improve your posture, keep your body in better
balance, and decrease your chance of injury.
- Fitness: Increasing Core
- Low Back Pain:
Exercises to Reduce
Take care of stress
low back pain can create a vicious circle. You have back pain,
and you begin to worry about it. This causes stress, and your back muscles
begin to tense. Tense muscles make your back pain worse, and you worry more ...
which makes your back worse ... and so on.
There are lots of ways to
teach yourself to relax.
- Stress Management: Practicing Yoga to
- Stress Management: Doing Guided
Imagery to Relax
- Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for
- Stress Management: Doing Progressive Muscle
- Stress Management: Relaxing Your Mind and
- Stress Management: Managing Your
- Stress Management: Doing