Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints of discomfort, job-related disability and a big reason people miss work. Let’s check out the culprits that could be causing your lower back pain and discover how to find relief today.
Too Much Sitting
The average person spends about 9 hours hunched over or in front of a computer screen every day. All this sitting creates aches and pains in the lower back, shoulders and neck—it puts pressure on the disks and vertebrae.
Tip to Relief: Try to take frequent breaks, think about keeping your core activated throughout the day, stretch daily and do exercises that strengthen your muscles.
You Ignore Your Core
Think of your core like the support system for all your movements. Your back, pelvic, side and buttock muscles all work together with your abs to allow you to twist, bend and stand upright.
Tip to Relief: To keep your core strong and help prevent lower back pain, do lunges, squats and planks—exercises that strengthen several spine-supporting muscle groups at once.
You’re a Stomach Sleeper
Your sleeping position can have a profound effect on either worsening or preventing medical conditions and lower back pain. If you sleep on your stomach, it puts pressure on your muscles, joints, disks and ligaments.
Tip for Relief: Instead of sleeping on your stomach, try sleeping on your side or back to keep your spine elongated and in neutral position. Putting a pillow between your knees may also help relieve some of your pain.
You Haven’t Kicked the Smoking Habit
Smoking restricts blood flow to the vertebrae and discs. This in turn causes your spine to age and break down quickly. Smoking also can interfere with your body’s ability to absorb calcium which can lead to osteoporosis bone and lower back problems.
Tip for Relief: Identify a ‘stop smoking’ plan that makes sense for you.
You’re Stressed Out
The stress hormone cortisol can cause your back and shoulder muscles to tense up resulting in back pain.
Tip for Relief: Do your best to counteract stress with exercise, meditation, yoga and deep breathing.
If these tips just aren’t cutting it, the physicians at IMS Pain Management will work with you to provide the best treatment options available to relieve symptoms and treat your condition. Make an appointment with one of our specialists today.