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Back Pain Treatments and Tips That Work

My name is Jason Dawson and if you have chronic back pain, I'm glad that you've found my blog. After an accident, I suffered with back pain for several years until I started visiting a chiropractor. I could tell a difference in the severity of my back pain after only a few treatments. I continued seeing the chiropractor on a regular basis and today my back pain is gone. When I had excruciating back pain, I couldn't enjoy any physical activities and some days I could barely walk. I'm writing this blog so that I can help others who have back pain. In my blog you'll learn about chiropractors and how they can help you. You'll also learn some things that you can do at home that will lessen the pain in your back.

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Three Ways To Limit Your Risk Of Back Pain During The Workday

by Nandy Dannenberg

Now that summer vacation has drawn to a close, it's time to get back to work and put your daydreams of beaches and camping trips on the back burner. If you have a job that requires a high degree of sitting throughout the day, you're at risk of developing back problems that can limit your mobility and affect your quality of life. While speaking to a chiropractor is a smart choice if you develop back pain, it's also a smart idea to make some changes in your workday that lower your risk of back discomfort. Here are three steps to take.

Don't Stay Still For Long

Although there are times that you have to be stuck in your chair for a long stretch, such as a staff meeting, do your best the rest of the time to avoid sitting over long intervals. In your cubicle or office, get up and move your body while you talk on the phone and devote a few minutes every hour or so to some simple stretching exercises or walking in place. The activity prevents your spine from staying in a single position that can lead to pain. Although you shouldn't let your goal of keeping active harm your productivity, simple activities such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking the long route to the photocopier can decrease your risk of back discomfort.

Sit Correctly

It's easy to slouch in your office chair, especially when you're going through the decline in energy that often plagues people in the afternoon. Commit to sitting up straight, however, and you'll be able to hold your spine in the correct way to reduce your risk of pain. Adjust your chair, as needed, so that your legs are bent comfortably when your feet sit on the floor. Use the chair's lumbar support to support your lower back, and hold your shoulders back to avoid them slumping forward and pulling your spine with them.

Control Your Stress

Workplace stress is common among many people, but this issue can lead to back pain. One common physiological symptom of stress is muscle tightness; when you tighten your back muscles, the muscles can inadvertently pull your spine out of its natural curve, leading to discomfort over time. Do your best to identify the cause of your workplace stress and take steps to control it. Often, seeking the help of your company's human resources professional can lead to favorable results.