5 Tips To Protect Your Lower Back

October 15, 2021

Your lower back carries most of your body weight. It also exerts a lot of effort when you are lifting heavy objects. That’s why the lower back is susceptible to developing many problems. And since there are nerves connected throughout your spine and the rest of your body, lower back problems can be associated with other concerns, such as neck and shoulder discomfort, leg pain, hip problems and many more. That’s why we should always protect our lower back. 

Here are some tips you can apply to protect your lower back:

 

Tip #1: Strengthen Up Your Core Muscles 

As every fitness buff would say, core conditioning is the most important workout. A strong core is vital to support your spine. Core-strengthening exercises include low-impact cardiovascular workouts, water therapy and exercise ball workouts. 


If you find it difficult to perform such workouts, you can do basic exercises like walking around the neighborhood. Consider consulting an experienced Tampa Bay physical therapist as well to help you with your workout.

Tip #2: Switch to an Ergonomic Chair 

Switching to an ergonomic chair is one of the best investments you can make for your spine. Slouching forward while working in front of your computer can put a lot of stress on your lower back and lead to more problems like disc degeneration. Using the right ergonomic chair can help align and support your back correctly.

Tip #3: Secure Your Back When Lifting 

Improper lifting is one of the common causes of back problems. And these things do not just happen in the gym. Daily activities, such as lifting your child or carrying the groceries can cause back problems. So, be sure to safeguard your back while lifting. You can follow these guidelines:

  • When lifting heavy objects, avoid bending your lower back. Instead, bend your knees to support your lower back. 
  • Avoid twisting your back, as well. You can pivot your feet and hips to provide more support to your back when lifting. 
  • When lifting heavier objects, try using your chest for additional support while straightening your spine.

Tip #4: Always Give Your Back a Rest After Prolonged Bending

Any activities that require you to bend forward for a long time can hurt your spine. So, be sure to rest your back after weeding your garden or cleaning the house! You can also do some stretching to relax your muscles.

Tip #5: Visit A Chiropractor 

Chiropractic care can help you protect your spine or back. Our Tampa Bay chiropractors will not only correct misalignments in your body, but they can also educate you on how to prevent back problems and improve your spine health.

 

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These are just some of the things you can do to protect your lower back. If you need more help, please visit The Right Spinal Clinic. You can call us at (813) 392 2164 or click here to schedule an appointment.

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