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Prevent Lower Back Pain With These 5 Tips

Have you recently been experiencing lower back pain and are looking for ways to help treat it? You’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we will cover 5 useful tips to help prevent lower back pain so you can finally breathe again.

Let’s dive right in. 

 

Stretch Regularly 

Daily stretching and yoga can immensely help with preventing lower back pain at any age. In particular, stretches that target the lower back can help reduce pain and build strength of which include:

  • Child’s pose

  • Cat/cow stretch

  • Knee-to-chest stretch

  • Supine figure 4 stretch

  • Pigeon pose

  • Seated spinal twist

The above list of stretches is not exhaustive, but they’re useful stretches for minimising lower back pain. Remember to not rush through your stretches and to hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds or more. 

 

Maintain Proper Posture

Good posture is key when it comes to preventing lower back pain. It’s important that you pay attention to the way that you stand and sit, as poor posture can negatively affect your back. As a result, make sure that you don’t hunch your back when sitting down or standing, keeping your feet shoulder width apart and rolling your shoulders back. Maintaining proper posture is crucial in all day-to-day activities!

 

Exercise

Exercise is not only good for your overall health, but it is also important for reducing back pain. Exercise can help relieve back pain, increasing blood flow and strengthening your muscles. Any stiffness and pain associated with your lower back can instantly be healed by regular exercise.

Eat Healthy

Alongside exercising, don’t forget that you should also eat healthier as a way to prevent back pain. Gaining extra weight can exacerbate your back pain which is something that you should try to avoid. Eating healthy foods in general can be beneficial for both your body and mind! Foods high in protein and are anti-inflammatory are best for reducing lower back pain. 

 

Avoid Heavy Lifting

Excessive heavy lifting could be the potential cause of your lower back pain. This may be something you regularly do for work or other, but it’d be a good idea to either learn how to safely handle heavy loads or avoid heavy lifting altogether. 

If your lower back pain persists even after trying these tips, then contacting On Point Physio in Auckland and starting shockwave therapy may be the next best step in alleviating your lower back pain. Get in touch to learn more.

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