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Take Control of Your Lower Back Pain

With lower back pain, the statistics are staggering.  According to the American Chiropractic Association, over 31 million Americans experience lower back pain at any given time. It is also one of the most common causes of missed work.

What can be done about it?

Yes, regular chiropractic care should be an important part of your health care regimen, regardless of the presence or absence of pain or symptoms.  What I want to do here is map out of few simple strategies that can help you build more strength and stability in your spine, specifically your lower back.

Look To Your Front:  A weak set of core muscles is becoming an ever increasing problem due to the fact we are sitting more as a society than we ever have in our history.  Excessive sitting not only results in a weak abdominal core, but also leads to an overall muscular imbalance in the pelvic cavity.  Make a point at getting in regular walks everyday, spend a few minutes in gentle stretching of the lower back and hips, and finally work on core strengthening exercises multiple times per week to help stabilize your spine.

Listen To The Wise Words of Your Parents: I'm sure many of you can still here them saying it to this day, "stop slouching!"  Well, they were actually on to something. Being conscious of good posture is not only important for your neck, but also for your back. Be careful not to slouch while you are sitting, as well as when you are standing.  Bad habits can form quickly, be careful.

Leave Excessive Weight Behind:  It only makes sense that if you are carrying around an extra 30, 40, 50 lbs. or more with you (especially in the front) that it will cause undue stress on your lower back.  This excessive strain will wear at the joints and discs causing chronic problems. This is obvious, I know, but it can be a major contributing factor to chronic lower back pain in many adults.

As with many problems, it is not always as easy as fixing one or two things to solve the problem, and lower back pain is no different.  Other factors that can play a role are such things as high heal shoes, not bending or lifting correctly, chairs with bad support, poor sleep habits, and even smoking (reduces blood flow to the lumbar spine).  The bottom line is you have to take control of your life in every aspect if you want to create an overall healthy, well-functioning body.  

Regular chiropractic care is an important piece, but it can't be the ONLY piece.

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