“Oh, my back”! We’ve all either heard it or had the unpleasant experience of suffering a back injury. Nearly 80 percent of all Americans will experience back pain at some point in our lives so what can you do to lower your risk? Protect your back by following our everyday tips for a reduced risk of back injury.
Technology, Environment, and Pace
In a world filled with electronic devices and tools to make our lives “easier” what is often slipping through the cracks is how one adjusts their posture when using these helpful devices. If you work in an office setting there is a good chance you spend most of your day at a computer so in order to reduce damage to the spine, posture needs to be taken seriously. Shoulders should always be back and you should be sitting straight with the bottom of your computer screen eye level to minimize the risk of slouching.
Make Time to Stretch Each Day
Believe it or not, stretching on a daily basis can greatly reduce your risk of injury. Stress and tension is usually build up in the back and when a stretching regime is implemented there is less risk of harm or injury to the back.
Get Plenty of Rest
Sleeping habits can either make or break your back. If you sleep on an older mattress your body may not be as supported as it should be. Using pillows is a smart tactic to ensure that your body is not only in a comfortable position but allows for extra support of the spine if needed.
Use Support Devices When Lifting Heavy Objects
When lifting objects, body mechanics is critical. Although it may seem harmless, picking something up without bending from the knees or lifting properly can do serious damage to the spine. When lifting heavy objects always remember to:
- Plan ahead and make sure you have a clear walkway
- Hold items close to your body
- Lift with bended knees and abdominal muscles pulled in
- Look up while lifting
- If an object is too heavy or awkward, ask for help
Call Us For Help!
If you have injured your back for any reason, living with the pain should not be acceptable. Our team of Atlanta chiropractors want to help and create a treatment plan that meets your needs. Contact our office today at (404) 889-8828.