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Back Support Reduces Pain!

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Forget road rage - just sitting in a car causes stress on your lower back.

Does your lower back ache all the time? Do you sit at a desk or in a car most of your day? Well then…it’s no wonder that your back hurts. So, what are you doing to support it?

Sitting for long periods of time can result in spinal compression which places a lot of stress on your lower (lumbar) spine. This type of daily stress causes backaches, and when the cause (sitting) is constant, so is the pain.

It’s important to maintain correct posture while sitting. Have you ever noticed the number of people who sit at their desks all hunched over? When you sit, your weight shifts from your feet to your buttocks and thighs. It’s important to position yourself to keep your spine in what’s known as a “neutral” position, so you can maintain your proper spinal curves and allow the discs, muscles and ligaments to share in supporting the spine and keeping it balanced. When the spine is not in a neutral position, the result is too much pressure on the lumbar spine.

Are there ways to maintain proper posture to help avoid or at least relieve your back pain? Why not try some of these suggestions?

  • Sit properly with your feet flat on the floor and your back against the chair. Relax your shoulders (don’t hunch them!) and rest your arms lightly on the arm rests of your chair. Your hips should be higher than your knees and your knees should be bent slightly.
  • Invest in a lumbar support pillow (there are numerous kinds), or use a rolled up towel or a roll of paper towels, if the chair you sit in doesn’t have any type of built in lumbar support that you can adjust. Proper lumbar support is important because it maintains spinal curves and prevents muscle fatigue.
  • When driving, adjust your seat for your leg length and the lumbar support cushion (if your car is equipped with this feature) to support your lower spine. If your car is not equipped with any type of lumbar support, consider investing in a lumbar support pillow, especially if you drive long hours.
  • Get up and stretch your legs every 15 minutes or so.
  • Reduce stress as much as possible to keep muscles from tightening.
  • And let’s not forget the importance of chiropractic adjustments! Keep to your regular appointment schedule to help reduce the effects of sitting for long periods. This is far better than popping a pill every time your back aches.

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