August 13, 2020
You’ve had a long day at work, and you’re excited to see your kids. As you lean down to pick them up, you feel a sharp pain in your lower back. They don’t weigh that much, so why do you have back pain? Is there anything you can do to steer clear of it? In this blog post, you’ll learn about the potential causes of back pain and how you can avoid it in the future.
Common Causes of Lower Back Pain
If you have persistent back pain, you should definitely seek immediate and frequent treatment from a highly qualified chiropractor who can address the cause behind the pain and give you relief. Here are just some of the most likely culprits behind your back pain.
Your entire body is supported by your spine, which houses the spinal cord. Protecting these nerves from being pinched are discs, which are basically cushions between the vertebrae. Unfortunately, these discs can become herniated or bulge and pinch the nerves in the lower back.
Your PE teacher always told you to stretch before you start a workout, and you really should! The muscles in your back support the weight of your head and shoulders and keep the body in proper alignment. This stressful role can cause your muscles to become overworked and tight, leading to spasms.
The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest in the body, and when it is irritated or pinched, it can cause pain and/or numbness in your lower back or buttocks all the way down your legs. This is a common problem for pregnant women and those who have lumbar spine subluxations.
How to Prevent Lower Back Pain
Although some amount of back pain or discomfort is unavoidable, you can do quite a lot to stop it from causing long-term damage to your lower back and from hurting for as long. The following are some ways you can help your lower back:
Use Proper Posture
If you work at a desk all day, it can be difficult to keep your shoulders back. You probably catch yourself slouching. Take frequent breaks throughout the day and adjust your posture so that your body feels less stress.
Even when you’re not in pain, you should consult a chiropractor for regular adjustments. These visits act like a reset button and help you maintain healthy alignment along your spine. As a result, your body is in a better position to handle whatever life throws at you.
It’s important to have a healthy cardio and strength training routine so that your body is function optimally. If you aren’t sure what exercises you can do at minimal risk of injury, your chiropractor can teach you some.
Knowing where your back pain comes from, you can integrate smart, healthy habits into your lifestyle and keep your back strong. You—and your kiddos—will be much happier!
About the Author
For more than 20 years, Dr. Chad Wills has offered chiropractic services in Naples. He is dedicated to continuing education and is certified in Chiropractic Biophysics. Although relieving pain is a top priority, he works with patients to find and treat the condition or issue that is causing the pain for long-term wellness. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wills, you can contact him at Wills Chiropractic by clicking here.
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