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Information On How To Deal With Your Back Pain

Although the name implies it, back pain does not only affect the back. The pain will initially start in a portion of the back, such as the lower back or upper back, but over time, if left untreated, the pain spreads to other areas of the back and even to areas, such as, the arms and legs. If you would like to prevent this from happening to you, read the following article for back pain tips.

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

Listening to your body can be vitally important in avoiding debilitating back pain. Especially as you grow older, resist the temptation to push yourself past the onset of pain in your back. The first pains you feel in the area are warning signs; you need to heed them and let your back rest as soon as they appear.

When you hurt your back, usually hamstring stretching exercises can prove to be very helpful. If the muscles on the backs of your thighs are tight, they can usually cause your lower back to experience a lot of unnecessary stress and pain. You should stretch your hamstring muscles at least twice a day for 45 seconds at a time.  This is also why it’s important to stretch when the body is warm after a workout.  Besides being more flexible at this time it also prevents “blood pooling” in the veins and arteries.

SOME PRECAUTIONS

To help you avoid excruciating back pain, avoid carrying a heavy backpack or shoulder bag. When people carry bags, which are too heavy, the stress on their shoulders engages their back and can cause the back to be overworked. This can cause serious back pain, which may take years of physiotherapy to rehabilitate.

An inversion table is a great tool for helping people with back pain. It essentially turns you upside down and reverses the force of gravity, allowing the ideal shifting of your body, weight, and proportionate back. Therefore, it can go a long way in alleviating back pain symptoms and forcing correction.

WHAT CAN I DO?

Many claim that strengthening the abdominal muscles can actually help to prevent against back pain and even relieve existing back pain. This is because the abdominals stretch around your side and back and aren’t just those “washboard” muscles in your lower stomach. If you strengthen this group of muscles, you can prevent back pain.

There are also many exercise programs that incorporate some type of “ab” workout and there are more now that are incorporating strengthening the back along with the abs.  One of the biggest proponents of this Brett Hoebel, the creator of the Beachbody program Revabs, and was also one of the trainers on The Biggest Loser a few seasons ago. One of the things he continually says during his workouts is “..you can’t have strong abs without a strong back..” emphasizing the importance of exercise and having strong back muscles to avoid injuries.

A good mattress is vital to a healthy back! Mattresses seem to be very expensive and even over priced in a lot of instances, but nothing should keep you from getting a good one. Do your homework, test drive the different brands available and sink some money into a serious mattress that will provide you with years of quality sleep and help alleviate back pain!

SO WHAT TO DO?

If you suffer from lower back pain, you may want to consider using heat therapy. The heat helps reduce inflammation in the back, which can reduce your pain. Your could apply a heat pad to your back when you are sitting down or you can soak in a warm bath. But don’t neglect talking with or seeking professional help if it feels serious or continues to get worse.

As stated before, back pain does not only affect the back, as the name implies. The pain starts in an area of the back and migrates to other areas of the back and body, when left untreated. Hopefully the tips from this article to prevent your back pain from spreading throughout your body.

Feel free to leave a comment or contact me, and you can also check out Revabs here :)

Keep Up The Good Fight

Rich Taub
Independent Team Beachbody Coach
P90X Certified

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