A Pain in the Back
The now, almost commonplace complaint of back issues related to some work injury is a tale that starts millions of years ago when our early ancestors started walking upright. At this early point in our evolutionary history, the spine had only the one curve that we see in so many four legged mammals today. Unfortunately (or fortunately), this shape could not properly support and upright posture. About 2.5 million years back, the curve in our lower back first formed to help our developing bodies cope with better balancing all of our weight on only two limbs. Because of this, back pain is almost inevitable.
Including carrying heavy boxes and working in odd positions for long periods of time, physical stress can wreak havoc on the body if not handled properly. The most obvious recommendation, of course, is to not lift something that is too heavy for you—your machismo be damned. Unless you have practiced proper technique and have developed the proper muscles to lift more than ten pounds, you are not doing your body any favors. Either get someone else to help you or someone else with more experience to do it. The more intense tasks that are repetitious in nature should be mixed up with another, far less demanding one. This will protect it from overexertion.
Even though you sit at a desk all day, you aren’t free from the pains of stress or strain. In fact, most of you reading this are probably doing so with poor posture. On top of that, when was the last time you got up to walk around? Both of these combined put undue tension on the neck and back muscles, resulting in recurring problems. For posture, there are two surefire ways to better it—exercise and proper equipment. As far as exercise is concerned, do something you love and do it for at least an hour and a half three times per week. Aside from strengthening those unused back muscles, it will help you keep your weight in check. Secondly, take a look at your work station. When you sit down, your feet should rest flat on the floor with your knees bent at 90 degrees. If the chair doesn’t come with lumbar support, put a pillow or rolled towel in that position.
Protecting your back doesn’t stop once you clock out for the day. This system is what keeps you supported no matter where you are so it is extremely important to remember to keep it supported out of work as well. This includes practicing everything in this article. Even more, teach yourself how to do things you otherwise are unsure of how to do, like lifting. Not surrounded by the stress of work around you, you can start with light weights and practice proper technique. This technique requires a shoulder width stance, squatting down while keeping the back straight and then using your leg and butt muscles to push back up. Though simple in explanation, it is something that even bodybuilders practice on a daily basis. Likewise, don’t let yourself slump into a couch when you get home. This will completely negate all of the hard work you’ve done to keep your back straight all day.
Listen to your Body
Finally, listen to yourself. If you are getting antsy or feel like stretching, get up and do so. From increasing circulation to realigning the skeletal system, there’s a reason why your mind screams for you to get up and get going during certain points in the day. Be careful, however, not to confuse bad pain and good pain. When you first begin sitting up straight, your middle back muscles will scream at you because they are not used to such exertion. Give them little rests here and there but then return to an upright position. With time, they will once again have the strength denied them over the course of your life.
Your doctor may also recommend using heat wraps which are very helpful in treating the pain in the back part of your body. Microwavable aroma heat wraps for pain relief is a great natural option that works wonderfully for treating the pain in your body. Go through the ideas that are mentioned on the site here and get the benefits.