Sitting at the computer all day can really start to take a toll on our backs.
About one in four Americans say they’ve had some recent back pain. And almost everyone can expect to experience back pain at some point in their lives.
Sometimes, it’s clearly serious: You were injured, or you feel numbness, weakness, or tingling in the legs. Call the doctor, of course.
But for routine and mild low back pain, here are a few simple stretches to help you relieve back pain at home or gym.
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How to relieve back pain
Importance of Posture
I know, we’ve all heard it a million times. Sit up straight and have a better back, right?
What you didn't know is that sometimes slouching temporarily helps alleviate back pain, although not in all circumstances. This is most common in people with hyper-extended backs - because their backs are so arched, the weight from their shoulders and head do not flow straight down to their feet.
Instead, all of the weight ends up sitting on their lower backs, thus causing back pain. So yes, for people in these situations, slouching is good!
Watch The Way You Sleep - The Best Sleeping Positions
Peaceful slumber helps to repair strained muscles and soothe inflamed joints. Ensure you get a proper, undisturbed night of sleep for proper repair of your muscles. Firm mattresses are also recommended to prevent curvature of the spine, and a pillow under the knees help straighten your back as you sleep.
And if you want more info on relieving back pain, check out the-pillow.com's blog page, which has a number of articles similar to this one.
When you stress your muscles tighten without you even realizing it. This includes both voluntary and involuntary muscles (eg. gulping, stomach pains, back pains, ect). So when you stress, your back suffers, especially your shoulders and lower back.
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I know, what has diet (let alone sunlight) got to do with back pain? Well you see, overweight or obese people tend to carry more weight in the front, and your back has to work far harder to keep you standing straight upright. This can be highly damaging for the spinal column.
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Strengthen Your Core
Here are the top 5 exercises to strengthen your core to help improve and prevent back pain.
Want to do some of these exercises at home? Get your very own TRX training kit and start strengthening your core.