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Preventing Back Problems

Preventing Back Problems

 Admit it or not, advancing age has a lot to do with back problems. People with poor posture, those who engage in sudden physical exertion without regular training, those who bend their back, those who are not careful in daily activities, or sit for prolonged periods may find themselves suffering from back pain, or worse, herniated disc that may necessitate surgical intervention.

 Here is some advice that may help prevent back problems.

 Regular exercise like swimming and walking promotes back stability. In this way, the core muscles are stretched and strengthened.

 Proper bending necessitates bending the knees and keeping the back straight. Keeping objects close to the body lessens stress on the back. Do not lift anything higher than the armpit or lower than the knees. Avoid lifting anything that is more than 20 percent of one’s body weight. When lifting heavy objects, do not twist or turn. Remember to pull the belly button toward the back and pull the abdominals inward.

 For prolonged sitting, maintain the spine straight by avoiding leaning over the desk. By holding materials at eye level, removing anything from the pocket, especially the wallet, and choosing a chair that supports the back, the spine maintains its alignment.

 This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your healthcare professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.

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