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Preventing Back Pain

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According to the Mayo Clinic, back pain sends more Americans to the doctor than nearly any other medical condition. In some cases, back pain can be debilitating, preventing people from working or performing the basic functions of daily life.

Preventing Back Pain

What Causes Back Pain?

The back area is composed of many muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones that support the body and provide for a wide range of movement. While medical conditions like osteoporosis and trauma are well-known causes of back pain, for many people back pain and muscle spasms can strike suddenly and without warming.

There are several contributing factors that can increase the likelihood of experiencing back pain, including obesity, inactivity and a poor diet. Because being overweight or obese contributes to a loss of core strength and poor posture. Getting weight under control is often the best way to relive back pain symptoms and reduce the occurrence of future back problems.

Maintaining a healthy diet is also important for preventing muscle pain. Processed foods containing high amounts of fat and suger can increase inflammation in muscles, which can cause weakness, swelling and pain. A healthy, balanced diet made up mostly of healthy fats, whole grains, fruits and vegetables can reduce inflammation while also making it easier to maintain a healthy weight.

Technology is also increasing rate of back and neck pain. Looking down at a phone screen for extended periods of time can cause muscle strain and discomfort. Making a conscious effort to keep your posture upright when looking at screens and limiting screen time to short intervals can reduce muscle strain.

Back Exercises

If you are experiencing back pain it's important to maintain moderate activity to any extent possible, since inactivity will weaken muscles, worsening the condition over time.

One of the best ways to reduce the likelihood of back pain is to have a daily routine to stretch and strengthen your back and supporting muscles. We recommend the Mayo Clinic's 15 minute daily back exercise routine.

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