4 Ways to Protect Your Lower Back

Published March 17th, 2015 by Dr. Markson

The spine is amazing. It holds up our bodies while we bend, twist, lift, stand, etc. Most of us take or spines for granted until something goes wrong. The lower back is the most commonly injured area of the spine.

Why is your lower back so prone to injury?

As the spine twists and bends, the lower back endures the most strain. Many low-back pain episodes are caused by muscle strain, and can be prevented with a few tips:

How to prevent injury to your lower back

  1. Correct your posture. Poor posture places unnecessary pressure on the lower back. Use an ergonomic chair in the office and make sure to get up and walk around at least once every hour.

  2. Exercise. A strong core is a great way to provide support for the lower back. Even something as simple as walking every day can help increase motion to the spine.

  3. Lift objects safely. No matter your age or your athletic ability, you can still severely injure your spine if you don't lift objects correctly. Make sure to use the proper form for any heavy lifting!

  4. Stretch regularly. Stretching is a great way to keep decrease pressure on your spine. Tight hamstrings, in particular, can cause stress on the lower back. Simple hamstring stretches will decrease the pressure on your pelvis, and provide relief to your low back.

Take care of your lower back so nothing goes wrong in the first place. Regular chiropractic care is the best way to make sure your spine is healthy, so don't forget to schedule an adjustment soon.

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