On average people with back problems cost 76% more in healthcare expenses to companies than people without back problems each year, according to a research scientist at the University of Washington.
Everyday activities that you do without thinking – sitting at the computer, slipping on a pair of shoes, crawling into bed at night – can make or break your spine health and today we want to talk about preventing back pain so that you belong to the 20% who never have to complain about back pain instead of the 80% who do.
What do you think are the reasons why so many people struggle with back pain?
- Too much sitting on computers and monotonous movements at work; hip flexor too tight
- Incorrect postures of everyday activity combined with being out of shape
- Excessive weight that pulls the muscles / joints in the back
The majority of experts agree, exercise, is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy back and keep away aches and pains. Prevention is better than cure when it comes to back pain. The challenge is when a sedentary person suddenly starts an exercise program without supervision, injuries can happen.
- Get expert help. When you start working out, it is always better to start with an expert rather than doing it by yourself. I see many people who sit all day at work, then go to the gym and put their body under a regimented routine that is not good for backs, joints, ligaments, muscles. They don’t warm up; they don’t cool down.
A good personal trainer works with your body not just your body. A person who has been out of shape needs to be trained differently than a person who experiences already back pain.
- Work with the pain. Most people start using medications as soon as they feel back pain or any pain for that matter. But pain is a sign from the body to pay attention. Depending on the pain or the injury, that still is a good time to start a supervised exercise program. A trained professional will work with your pain and will work you through the pain with a controlled program. Example: Greg
- Become more active in general. Get up every 30 minutes to an hour and move your body. Stretch. Get a trampoline. Park in the back of a parking lot.