Your spine and the related muscles, ligaments and nerves work together to keep you upright, and support the movement of your whole body.
Try these tips to protect your back and prevent pain and injury from occurring. Whether you’re on the go, at play or at home, a healthy back means a happier you!
o Bend your knees to lift with ease. From moving planters to picking up paint cans, lifting correctly is key to preventing injury. Here are a few tried and true rules for lifting safely and preventing back injury:
o Stand close to the load to be lifted.
o Place your feet shoulder width apart.
o Bend your knees and keep your back straight.
o Squat down to the level of the object and test the weight of the load.
o Ask for help if the load is too heavy or awkward!
When your back hurts, many other things suffer too. Your energy is lower and your favourite activities can become sidelined. Everyday activities such as getting in and out of the car, lifting a child or carrying groceries can become painful and tiring. Even if you are not feeling sore, your back may be stressed and headed toward injury. How well does your back score?
Tips for a Healthy Back
o Be posture-conscious when sitting, standing, and even sleeping – sleeping on your back or side is best for your spine.
o Build core muscle strength – that means the muscles in your abdomen, back and sides. Your muscles hold your spine upright.
o Stay well-hydrated to keep the discs of your spine cushiony so they can do their job.
o Practise good nutrition for healthy bones and muscles, and to prevent osteoporosis.
o Take frequent stretching breaks to keep your back limber.
o Practise safe lifting techniques. Keep your back straight, bend your knees and use your leg muscles to lift.
Think about your back before it hurts!
A lack of pain does not mean everything is working properly. A spinal assessment, especially after a fall or sprain, is a good investment in your back’s health.
Parkway Back and Foot Clinic in Stoney Creeks offers a wide selection of ways to have a healthy back and body.
We have an online magazine with lots of ideas for back and foot care.
Feel free to visit The Back And The Foot by Parkway Health Clinic