Friday, May 28, 2010

"When Is My Back The Most Vulnerable, and What Can I Do To Prevent Pain and Injury?"

There are two times during your day when your low back is at the most risk for pain or spasm. The first is when you wake up in the morning. When you first wake up, the discs in your back are somewhat swollen with excess fluid in the joints of your spine. This is why you are taller in the morning, and also why you are more vulnerable.

Your back is also more vulnerable after you have been sitting for a long period of time. This can be long car or plane trips, or sitting at your desk at home or at work. As you sit, your tendons and ligaments lengthen into the position you are sitting in. The longer you are sitting, the more at-risk you are when you do get up.

It’s important to know when your back is at the most risk, so you can be prepared for those times and know what to do to stay protected and pain-free. When you first wake up, don’t do any twisting or bending right away. Also, avoid sitting down right after you wake up too. It’s good to do simple motions to warm up your back for the day. Taking a walk or doing simple movements will help “wring out” that excess fluid from your spine.

While seated, keep your posture in mind. Slumping forwards will reinforce the risks, so sit up straight. If at all possible, choose seats with good lumbar support. If you are taking a long car trip, stop every hour or so to stretch and walk. If you are on a plane, try to get up during the flight and walk around a bit if possible. Once you’ve landed, do some quick back-bends to stretch before bending or twisting to gather your belongings.

Knowing when you are at risk for injury, and knowing what you can do to prevent it, are great steps toward less back pain. Talk to your chiropractor if you have any other questions on what to do to help keep your back safe.


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Chris said...

I have back pain and have used a chiropractor with some success. I also found that by changing my mattress has helped. I bought a Mouletec mattress a few weeks ago and for the first time in years I get up with less pain. They say it gives pressure relief which lessens tossing and turning meaning more time in deep sleep.

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