Only read this if you’re seriously concerned about your back pain AND interested in avoiding painkillers, waiting in doctor’s offices, and dangerous spinal surgery. My goal is to show you some really simple ways to start getting relief TODAY!
1. Weak Legs
That’s right, I said weak legs. Your legs are supposed to be the most powerful part of the body. However, because of #6 which we will get too shortly, the legs “forget” how to work the way that they should which causes the back to take over which is #2
2. Over working your back
Imagine you’re bending down to pick up something heavy-like a bag of golf clubs, or a large load of laundry, or even your grandchild. Do you look more like a toddler when they squat down to play with something OR do you bend from your back? If your legs are too weak to support your weight, you will likely find yourself in that stressful position when you lift, overworking your back and causing yourself pain. The solution? Treat the problem, not the symptoms! If your back hurts because your legs are weak, strengthen your legs. You don’t need spinal surgery or a chiropractor-you need to learn how to do a perfect squatting that looks like the one in the picture on the right!
3. Impractical shoes
One of the worst things you can do for your back is wear high heels. Designer shoes are fashionable, but they also force the wearer to maintain an uncomfortable position that causes (among other things) detrimental misalignment of the hips and spine. The solution? Don’t wear high heels! Opt for comfortable shoes-there are plenty of fashionable flats out there-and your back will thank you.
Many of us spend the work day in an office hunched over a computer. When we sit, gravity pulls us down into a slouch, creating a deep curve in the spine that causes pain. Humans were not built to sustain sitting down for long periods of time. The solution? Sit up. Proper sitting posture involves a straight back, shoulders down, body weight distributed evenly between both hips, and feet flat on the floor. Imagine all of your body parts being stacked on top of each other in perfect alignment, and work hard to actively maintain that balance.
5. Being Overweight
Do this experiment: get a backpack. Put the backpack on backwards, so that the pocket lies over your abdomen (the place where most people carry extra body fat). Put a ten pound weight inside. Go about your daily life. You’ll be shocked when you see how tired your back feels after only fifteen minutes. Being even a little overweight is a major contributor to back pain-ask any expectant mother! Excess weight puts strain on the spine, increasing the potential for back pain and injury.
The solution is, of course, to lose weight. Talk with your physician to determine the best weight loss plan for you. For some people, a simple diet and exercise adjustment is enough, but you might need a less common solution!
7. The MOST COMMON cause of Back Pain…
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Dr. Jake Berman
Specialist Physical Therapist Naples, FL
Phone: (239) 431-0232