If there is one part of the body that the great majority of people complain about then it is the back and particularly the lower back. No matter how fit we are and no matter how many miles we run every single day, we don’t seem to be able to avoid injuring our backs on a regular basis. It could be something as simple as turning the wrong way or lifting a very light item above your head. It could also occur while lifting much heavier things and so we rely on our lower back a great deal and so this is what makes it more susceptible to getting injured.
The problem also with back pain is that it can lead to other pain in your body like in your legs, your hips and even your shoulders. Thankfully we have back braces to protect us when we either hurt ourselves in the first place or we want to avoid hurting our back altogether. It provides excellent support that allows us to continue on with our days although it is advised that you don’t lift anything heavy while wearing it. Due to the fact that the vast majority of people experience back issues, the following article attempts to provide you with some top tips to protect yourself.
- Take steps to strengthen the muscles – This might involve doing something as simple as going for a walk every single day briskly as this helps to increase overall blood flow to the area of the back and so your muscles get a good stretch and work out. It’s always a good idea to get yourself to the local swimming pool and try to do a few laps while the water supports your back because you do not want to have to be using a walking cane in the near future.
- Buy the right chair – Many of us are stuck in the office for countless hours every single day and our employers don’t provide us with the right kind of chair that can provide us with back and neck support. This is why you really should spend your hard earned cash on an ergonomic office chair because it will help to address some of your back problems and prevent further deterioration.
- Use correct lifting procedures – You have probably went through numerous health and safety presentations by your employer and it’s likely that there are signs all around the office telling you how to lift properly with your legs. Many people choose to ignore this essential information and so they end up hurting their back as a direct consequence. From now on, you need to start lifting properly to protect your back and that means bending at your knees, and keeping the item is close to you as possible while standing up straight.
The numbers of people who have to take days off every single year all across the country due to a back problem are numerous and so if you follow the above three pieces of advice then there is a very good chance that you can avoid hurting your back and having to take too much time away from work.