Back Pain Prevention: 5 Harmful Habits

    (BlackDoctor.org) — We all have bad habits some of the time. But now is a good time to fix the bad habits that can be harmful to your spine and cause back pain. Here are the top 5 bad habits that can be harmful to your spine:

    1 – Twisting when Lifting

    So many people make this mistake! We forget to check our body mechanics while lifting, yet too much of this type of movement can be very damaging to your back. When lifting, follow these steps:

    • Get close to the object

    • Bend your knees and grasp the object firmly

    • Lift straight up (don’t twist!) in one fluid motion

    • Hold the object close to your body

    • Move close to where you want to place the object

    • Bend your knees when lowering the object

    2 – Bad Posture

    How often to you think about your posture? If you’re like most people, not often enough. But bad posture — slouched shoulders, head down, knees locked — places an enormous amount of stress on the spine. Good posture keeps your body in balance and helps avoid that stress. Here’s what good posture looks like when standing:

    • Feet slightly apart

    • Knees straight

    • Chin slightly tucked in

    • Shoulders back

    Be sure to check and correct your posture during your everyday activities. Soon you will find that you are actually more comfortable when your spine is in balance!

    3 – Too Little Exercise, Too Much Weight

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