The 3 main causes of back pain are:
- Not stretching and not doing core exercises.
- Sitting too much.
- Lifting improperly.
We covered not stretching, and not doing core exercise, and we also introduced the detrimental effects of sitting too much. When you lift something off the floor, you should maintain good alignment in the spine. The spine should always have this “S” Shape when lifting.
The following pictures illustrate the 2 different ways you can healthily pick something up:
1) The Squat- this photo illustrates how straight the back should be when lifting something off the ground, though obviously in this picture the weight is on the shoulders, and not in the hands.
A) sitting less
B) doing stretching and core exercises
C) lifting properly
you can decrease the frequency and intensity of back pain. Give these 3 tips a try, and remember that carrying around extra weight can cause back pain as well.
Here's to a healthy and pain-free back!