The best kind of lower back pain is the kind that never happens. No one wants to deal with this chronic health condition which is actually the number one cause of disability on a global basis. For that reason, I want to discuss a few ways to keep pain from springing up in the lower back. However, while these methods may provide benefit for those who already in pain, more help may be required, and we’ll get to that in a moment.
Lower Back Pain Prevention Techniques from a Professional Trainer
Professional trainer Tania Kowalski believes that most back problems spring from weak core muscles and poor posture, and there is plenty of evidence to back that up. You can strengthen your core by focusing on exercises that build abdominal strength, lower back strength, and abductor muscles in your hips. Posture, on the other hand, may be something that is a little tougher to correct if you are already suffering from back problems as these problems may make you feel more comfortable when sitting or standing in a position that exhibits poor posture. What can be done?
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Upper Cervical Care Helps Posture
When the C1 and C2 vertebrae are misaligned, the effect trickles down through the entire spine and can lead to pain and bad posture. What is proper posture? When standing, the head should be positioned directly above the shoulders, not forward. A head held three inches forward triples the amount of weight being put on the spine, and the head can weigh up to 14 pounds to begin with. Putting 42 pounds of pressure on a back all the time will quickly lead to pain.
Upper cervical chiropractic care helps by keeping those top vertebrae in alignment. This allows proper posture to feel more natural. Even when sitting, you can help your posture by keeping the knees and hips at the same height and putting your feet flat on the ground. An adjustment to the upper neck can help seated posture feel more comfortable as well. Better posture combined with core strengthening can help reduce lower back pain and keep it from recurring.
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