Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Back Injury Prevention: 5 Simple Techniques

Did you know that one of the most common reasons for missed work is back related injuries? In fact, it is estimated that up to 90% of US residents will experience some sort of back injury during their lifetime! Many of these issues stem from work related injuries, but regardless of where the injury takes place, the pain can cause major problems in everyday life.

The key is to prevent the injury from the start. To help, we’ve compiled a list of simple and effective techniques that you can implement to keep your back healthy.

1. Lifting and moving objects.

One of the most common causes of back pain and injury is moving and lifting objects. Most of us know that we should be lifting from our knees, but sometimes we seem to forget this simple step. Even if an item doesn’t appear very heavy, throwing your back out can happen very easily. Be sure to follow the squat technique and if an item seems extremely heavy, ask for help!

2. Sleeping support.

You wouldn’t think that sleep could cause back pain. In reality, if your bed isn’t supporting your back, you might wake up with problems. Make sure that you have a bed that offers the right amount of support. If you notice that you often wake up in pain, it may be time to re-evaluate your sleeping arrangements.

3. Exercise and stretch.

There are many muscles throughout your back that need stretching and exercise on a regular basis. Strengthening your back supports your spine and helps it to work properly. Be sure to keep your back flexible and strong for optimum support.

4. Relieve stress.

For many people who are experiencing high levels of stress or anxiety, they are holding that tension in their back. If this is you, find a way to release your stress levels, so your back can also feel the release. Getting a nice message can help alleviate back pain and stress levels.

5. Diet and health.

If you happen to be carrying extra weight in your belly, your back will feel the effects. Keeping yourself fit and healthy will also keep your back in shape. So make sure you eat the right foods and get enough exercise each day. Strengthening your core and lower back muscles can help take pressure off your lower back.

If for some unfortunate reason you do experience a back injury or pain, MMAR Medical is here to help. We specialize in back support and spine bracing. From lumbar belts to complete spinal braces, we are ready to give your back the support it deserves. Have a question about a particular back brace? Ask below using our comment section.

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