Your back is an important part of your body. When people refer to their back, they are generally talking about their spine. The spine is made of 33 vertebrae: 24 that move on each other as you bend forward, backward, sideways, and rotate and 9 that are fused at the bottom. There are natural curves to your spine that help it optimally support the weight and forces of your body along with the back and core muscles. A healthy spine is pivotal for you to move functionally and pain free.
One of the most common causes of back pain is poor posture. This might be posture while standing, but even more common is sitting posture. When most people sit for a long period of time, they tend to slump forward which reduces the curve in the low back and increases the curves in the upper and middle back. Sitting in this position for too long puts stress and strain on muscles, tendons, ligaments, and more. This stress can lead to back pain that can be difficult to get rid of. Instead of suffering, you can do simple things to help your spine be healthy and pain free.
What You Can Do
There are many stretches and strengthening exercises you can do to help keep your back flexible and strong. Another great idea that we recommend, especially for those of you that sit for long periods of time, is to use lumbar supports or back supports. These supports are either cushions or rolls that you will place on your seat or behind your low back. These supports are designed to support your back in their natural curves. As you sit, your back will be in a more natural position without all the extra wear and tear that you don't want.