3 Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Improve Lower Back Pain

If you suffer from lower back pain, you know how utterly debilitating and frustrating it can be. Sadly, 80% of Americans can identify with this, as they will have lower back pain at least once in their lifetime. And once is enough to make you never want to suffer through it again. Luckily there are lifestyle changes you can make that will improve your lower back pain.

We can’t always prevent lower back pain from happening, and, when it hits, it can take a toll on your work and family life. That’s why as soon as you experience any symptoms, you should come in to see us at ERgent Med in Brunswick and St. Simons Island, Georgia. We’re here to help you get through the pain and back to your normal, healthy life. Michael Hamm, DO would like to see you healthy as much of the time as possible, so he advises making some lifestyle changes to improve your lower back pain 

Causes of lower back pain

While unexpected issues like an accident or injury can result in lower back pain, there may also may be some chronic and genetic issues causing you pain. Do not ignore the symptoms, as ruling out anything more serious is always important. Some of the main reasons for your lower back pain include:

Lifestyle changes to prevent and improve lower back pain

Knowing that a large part of our body weight is supported by our spine makes it easier to understand why so many people suffer from back pain. Any alteration to those vertebrae and the discs in between them, including from bad posture, can result in a dangerous domino effect. The healthier our spine and the muscles around it are, the better off we’ll be.

When it comes to lifestyle changes and the lower back, there are many ways to improve your situation. We’re happy to come up with a full and effective program for you, but, in the meantime, here are three important steps you can take right now:

  1. Lose weight

Taking pressure off your spine can work wonders, especially when the weight comes off your belly. That area in particular puts extra stress and strain on your low back. And losing weight has many other health benefits, so this is a logical and positive change.

  1. Exercise, stretch and strengthen you core

You need to make sure that you’re doing things that are gentle on your back and won’t cause more issues. Walking is an amazing way to not only get in those extra steps, lose weight, and stay fit, but it also stretches the back and the legs. And, of course, exercising and strengthening the core will aid the muscles around your spine in protecting your back. We’ll help you come up with a plan for low-impact, effective back exercises. 

  1. Ergonomics and sitting

If you’re like most people, you spend way too much time sitting at a desk. You need to make sure you get up and move often, as it’s too easy for your muscles and back to stiffen up if you sit for too long at a time. In addition to making sure you have a good, comfortable chair with good back support, you also need to adjust your desk so that your posture is good and you’re not hunched over and straining your neck, arms, shoulders, or back. 

The goal is to prevent injury and eliminate or improve your lower back pain. We’re here to help you with those preventative measures and guide you as to how to make important lifestyle changes. And if you ever have a low back injury or need your pain and symptoms checked out, do not hesitate to come in and see us as soon as possible. Call us at either location now

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