Since back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, it is vital to know how to prevent the cause of back pain. By maintaining a healthy diet and weight, remaining active and avoiding prolonged inactivity or bed rest are all important ways to avoid back pain. Before doing exercises or any physical activity, it is recommended to warm up and/or stretch.
Some other preventative measures are to maintain proper posture, wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes and sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curvature in your spine. It is always good to remember to lift with your knees, do not twist when lifting and keep objects close to your body.
Another lifestyle to avoid is smoking which impairs blood flow resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues. By working with your doctor or chiropractor is the best way to ensure your working space is ergonomically correct. While nothing is fool-proof, these are helpful ways to prevent yourself from becoming the next statistic.
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