Causes of back pain and its remedies

Everybody experiences back pain at some point in his or her life. 1 in every 10 individuals has a persistent lower back problem. Some studies suggest that back pain causes disability in people more than any other ailment. India is a country with a majority of young people and therefore the problem of back pain needs to be tackled now more than ever.

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Causes

While there are several reasons for this seemingly simple disorder, the following are the most common ones:

  • Sitting for long hours
  • Bending frequently
  • Lifting a heavy weight in an in correct posture
  • Sitting slouched
  • Excess body weight
  • Weak core stability
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Like most diseases, back pain is far easier to prevent than it is to treat.

 

A few simple tweaks and trims in your lifestyle can ensure you never have to face this pain in your back!

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  • Exercising regularly (few of the exercises are shown above) is the single most effective factor in keeping your back healthy.

 

  • If your job requires you to remain seated for a long time, ensure that you get up at least once in every 45 minutes and walk a few steps. This allows your back to take a break from a sustained position.

 

  • While you are seated, pay close attention to your posture. Ideally use a straight back chair with a low-back (lumbar) support to help you sit correctly.

 

  • Make sure your feet rest comfortably on the ground. If not, please use a small stool under your feet for support.

 

  • Using a firm mattress when you sleep is good for the back as it provides a healthy support throughout the night.

 

  • To lift heavy objects, bend at the knees and squat instead of bending at the waist, which pressurizes the back.

 

  • Maintain a healthy body weight– Having a massive lower body (especially in the abdominal region) causes an extra amount of stress to your back which can lead to a persistent back pain.

 

  • Avoid smoking- Smokers’ cough, an inevitable phenomenon seen in chain-smokers, harms your lower back and thus the best solution would be to avoid smoking altogether.

 

Solution

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For those of you, who already have a back problem, consult a physiotherapist to diagnose and treat you for the same. A few correct exercises performed regularly and correctly will go a long way in keeping your back healthy and pain-free.

 

 

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