Back pain is an everyday challenge for many of us today, with age being no barrier. It makes accomplishing the simplest of tasks painful and challenging, diminishing our quality of life. Relieving back pain is not an easy thing. Trying to find the right treatment or medication can take time before you feel relief. Avoiding back pain or injury is preferred. By taking care of your spine as a part of your everyday routine, you can lead a pain free life.
The neck is an amazing structure. It is constructed of bones, nerves, muscles and tendons that support your skull. Through it the messages from your brain are dispersed throughout your body. The spine also carries these signals to your lower extremities, and allows you the ability to be flexible and walk upright.
To avoid developing any issues, follow these suggestions to keep you upright and pain free.
- Rest your spine. When you go to bed, make sure you have a suitable mattress that provides proper support. And make sure to get enough overall rest!
- Sitting posture. Modern society has a lot of sitting. Maintaining the right posture helps to protect your spine from misalignment or undue pressure. Over time, that means pain. When sitting, keep your back straight and your shoulders back and relaxed. Try to distribute your body weight evenly on your hips and keep your feet on the floor.
- Stretching/exercising. Many of us sit at a desk all day. Sitting properly helps, but it’s also important to take breaks. Stand once in a while and gently stretch out your spine. Move your neck to avoid tension and compression.
- Maintain a healthy weight. It sounds simple, but keeping a healthy weight helps reduce stress on your spine and can assist with balance.
- Work smart. If your work requires lifting, sitting, or adding excessive pressure on your neck and back, make sure you take enough breaks to adjust yourself. Find the right posture for the task at hand. Remember to lift with your legs, not with your back.
- Pay attention to any warning signs. Do not ignore any pain or discomfort – especially sudden, sharp pains. Minor issues can be quickly addressed to avoid any persistence with the problem. Consulting a doctor or therapist in an early stage will determine if it’s just a minor issue or a more concerning problem or disease. They can help you find a better resolution. Some diseases or the muscles or spine can be very debilitating in the long term. Early diagnosis is important to the best treatment.
Your neck and spine are the support structure for your whole body. It’s best to be pro-active and prevent injury than have to worry about treatments. Those can be a real pain in the neck.