Back pain is one of the most common health complaints in America affecting up to 80% of the population at some time in their lives. While there are some back issues such as Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and Scoliosis that are genetic, many back problems can be prevented or at least alleviated with some forethought. To find out how, keep reading.

Manual Handling

One of the most common reasons your back hates you is that you are lifting things that are too heavy or improperly. That is where manual handling comes in. It is a very basic way of making sure that you always know how much you are lifting and the correct way of doing so.

Firstly don’t attempt to lift anything unless you know the weight of it first. Secondly, don’t lift anything over 51 lbs unless you are training for a power lift competition!

Thirdly, when lifting anything heavy don’t bend your back. But bend your needs, then the lifting action comes from your legs muscle the largest muscles in your body. You legs then take the strain and you’re back is protected from damage and injury.

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The Right Bed and Mattress

Another reason that you back may hate you is that you are sleeping on a bed and mattress combo that is all wrong. As we can spend up to third of our lives lying down in bed, it is crucial to get a supportive bed and mattresses.

What is most important is that you have the right firmness of mattress for the way you sleep. Too soft a mattress with cause your back pain to be worse because your spine won’t be supported properly.

Happily, many mattress companies are now aware of this, and offer products like this back pain solution from Amerisleep. Your back certainly won’t hate you as much when you have found the right mattress to sleep on!

Posture

Did you attended finishing school, and walk around the room with a pile of book balance on your head? No? Then the chances are you don’t think too much about your posture on a day to day basis. But this can really be a mistake.

Keeping a good posture is a vital way of looking after your back. That is because when it is properly aligned it is working just as it should, and it reduces pains from misalignment and the possibility of injuries.

There are several things you can do to make it your posture is spot on. The first is to be aware of how you are standing and walking, the right shoes can help. Or you can take a course on the Alexander Technique. Or you can invest in a posture brace which helps to pull your shoulders back and prevent you arching your spine.

It can also be a good idea to work out your core muscles, front and back both. This is because a strong lower back and abdomen can help you support the rest of your body in the correct posture.

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