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How to avoid low back pain?

Feeling back pain is unpleasant and can be avoided. The vast majority of people start experiencing pain due to negligence towards their own bodies. Inadequate postural habits, sedentary lifestyle, improper rest (because sleeping on the couch definitely isn't good for your spine), incorrect sleeping positions (on your stomach!), and lack of ergonomics can be factors that not only cause but also worsen these discomforts.

Sitting on top of your own leg, for example, can cause a deviation in the pelvis, leading to lower back pain and potential tension in the thigh muscles, even affecting your walking. Lying on top of two or three pillows to elevate the neck while watching TV lying down, besides reversing the normal curve of the neck, reduces blood flow to the brain (it's no wonder the brain "shuts off," and the person ends up falling asleep in this position, waking up hours later with a stiff neck). Regarding a sedentary lifestyle, apart from the noticeable lack of energy, weak muscles don't support the body properly and upright. Especially when people sit, they tend to lean forward, which causes the vertebrae to be supported solely by ligaments between the bones when they should be supported by various postural muscles.

Sleeping on your stomach forces the neck to twist excessively, contracting muscles on one side and stretching on the other, in addition to twisting the spine, leaving the sensation that "something is out of place" and that you didn't sleep as well as you could have. Furthermore, inadequate chairs, a monitor set too low (causing people to bring their face closer to it), and lack of foot support can trigger pain and even decrease work performance.

Pain is a sign that something isn't right. When experiencing pain, it's advisable to consult a chiropractor who, apart from addressing the issue, can prevent further debilitating conditions. They are equipped to provide recommendations tailored to your specific condition, as they are qualified to identify these factors and suggest the most appropriate changes, ensuring your well-being in the long run.

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