Help for Your Aching Back
Solo Moms experience stress that leads to back pain. Get some relief!
You’re reaching for a pencil and, ouch . . . a familiar twinge in your lower back or somewhere else in your spine reminds you this nagging pain can reoccur when you least expect it.
Why? It’s because we put so many demands on our spine without realizing it. Sitting at your desk, driving, lifting children, cooking, making beds, and doing never-ending housework and laundry can cause undue stress on your spine, besides the fact that we also may be exercising incorrectly.
Some back and neck disorders can’t be avoided. They may be inherited, or they may be a side effect from another health condition or an accident. You can reduce the risk of spine/lower-back injury with a few simple changes you can easily incorporate into your day:
- Exercise your core muscles. Strong muscles in your back, stomach, and hips can help prevent injury.
- Drop extra pounds. Extra weight can put unneeded stress on your spine and the rest of your body.
- Focus on posture. Maintaining good posture is a healthy way to lower your risk of getting back and neck problems.
- Avoid heavy lifting. If you lift in the wrong way, you can easily injure your back and neck. Injuries from frequent heavy lifting can also cause back and neck pain.
- Take breaks. If you have to sit at a desk all day or behind the wheel of a vehicle, try to take as many breaks as you can. Use this time to stretch your body and relax your muscles.
The three basic kinds of back pain are acute (lasts less than six weeks), subacute (lasts six to 12 weeks), and chronic (lasts more than 12 weeks).
Knowing which type of pain you have can help your doctor decide how to treat you. Keep in mind, too, the time frames above are general. Your doctor will diagnose you based on your specific circumstances and health condition, and help you choose the best way to deal with your back and neck pain. He or she may recommend physical therapy or medicine to help your condition. Back and neck pain may also be helped by complementary health care. Ask your doctor about acupuncture, massage, and/or spine manipulation.
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Debi Conocenti has been keeping people fit and healthy for more than 20 years. A developer of corporate health, fitness, and wellness programs, she stays active with her two sons and English sheepdogs.
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