Many things that you do throughout the day can affect your back. If you are one of those people who have noticed that you seem to be more prone to back pain, you would be well advised to learn the best ways to do things to avoid more problems. This is also good advice for those who do not currently suffer from back pain. Learning the best ways to sit, lift, and sleep can go a long way in preventing back pain.
Here are some things to remember about lifting objects. Assuming a squatting position while bending your knees will activate other muscles to help support the strain being put on your back. Keep your back as straight as possible and hold the object close to your body. When trying to move something heavy, pushing it in front of you is better than pulling it behind you. If you are moving a piece of furniture on a smooth floor, put pads under the feet to aid in movement as well as reducing damage to the floor.
When sitting, choose a chair that provides good support for your back and don’t slouch. Practice keeping both feet on the floor which helps keep the body in alignment. You can add a small pillow or rolled up towel to put in the small of your back to aid in keeping your back straight. When sharing conversation with others, try to turn your whole body towards them. Pay special attention to the driver’s seat in your car, if available, adjust the lumbar to fit your body, or look for products that can provide relief for your back while driving long distances. Be sure to check out your office chair to make needed adjustments that can help support your back.
There are better ways to sleep that can help reduce back pain. Be sure to find a mattress that is comfortable but somewhat firm at the same time. Considering the amount of time you spend sleeping, it is wise to invest in a well built mattress. If your mattress is too soft and you can’t afford a new one, you can put a sheet of plywood under it to add the firmness your back requires. By all means, avoid sleeping on your stomach as it frequently leads to twisting the neck forcing the back to compensate. If you must sleep on your stomach, try not using a pillow at all. If you prefer to sleep on your back, putting pillows under your knees or under the small of your back might help. Experts say that sleeping on your side with your knees bent is the smartest way to sleep. Using a pillow that is the right height to support your shoulders will help reduce pressure on your back.
Using these simple suggestions will help you sit, lift and sleep better than ever and avoid back pain.