Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain can be distracting or it can be debilitating. Either way, it decreases the activities you're able to do, while increasing your misery. However, unless you have congenital or genetic spine problems, or have spinal degeneration due to disease or an accident, there's a great chance you can prevent lower back pain [source: WebMD]. The steps are simple:
- Lose weight: The pain in your lower back may be from the spare tire you're carrying around. Lose it, and the pressure on your back will lighten.
- Work on your posture: Doctors agree with your mom: Good posture is important. When standing, make sure your ears, shoulders, hips and knees are all in alignment with one another.
- Lift safely: Men are more likely to have occupations where they do a lot of heavy lifting. If this is you -- or even if you only have to carry a large load when you're helping your buddies move -- you can benefit from learning proper lifting procedures such as rising slowly, bending the knees and not twisting the back.
- Strengthen your back: A workout that improves your core stability can make your lower back stronger and less prone to injury. Seek out a routine that includes aerobic conditioning as well as strengthening.
- Support your back while sleeping: Lying down for long periods of time can put a strain on your back. To take the pressure off, place a pillow or rolled up towel under your knees as you sleep. If you usually sleep on your side, the pillow or towel can go between your knees.
You'll find the condition on the next page just as easy to prevent.