It is reported that close to 80% of Americans suffer from some type of back pain at some point in their lives. Whether you have had an acute injury or a chronic condition that is causing you pain, you have likely experienced this yourself on at least one occasion. It is also the most common reason people go to the doctor or miss work, so taking care of your back can literally save you money in the long run!
There are many reasons why one might experience back pain: Poor posture or skeletal abnormalities, weak or brittle bones, arthritis or other inflammatory conditions as well as muscle strain seem to be the most common. Excess weight, improper lifting techniques and sedentary lifestyles are also considered risk factors, but are less understood than specific physiological issues related to the structure and function of one’s spine. It also appears that people with certain psychological issues such as depression and anxiety are at a greater risk, but it is still unknown as to why.

What we do know is that maintaining a healthy weight and a strong core will significantly reduce your overall risk of developing back pain. In addition to that, here are some things that you can do on a regular basis to help maintain a healthy back.

Be Active
Reduce your overall inactivity throughout the day and incorporating a low-impact exercise program that includes walking, biking, swimming, muscle strengthening exercises and flexibility.

Be Functional
If you work in an environment where you are seated for several hours a day, make sure that you are seated in the proper position and height for the task at hand. Make sure you have good lumbar support, and try and get up and walk around every 15-20 minutes.

Be Healthy
Eating a diet rich in phytonutrients found in a plant-based diet will help prevent excess weight gain, especially around the middle where additional weight puts a lot of stress on the low back. And, by all means QUIT SMOKING!! Smoking causes disc degeneration.

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