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Preventing Back Pain - 7/15/2011

Recurring back pain is more than a nuisance; it can limit your ability to do physical or leisurely activities, or even lead to debilitating injuries such as sciatica and herniated discs. It may surprise you, however, that back pain usually results from improper body mechanics, poor posture, or unnatural strains and is often preventable. Simple changes in your day-to-day life can have a significant impact on your back health, from targeted exercises, using ergonomic furniture, to even your behavior.

While many people who injure their backs do so during a workout, targeted, low-impact exercises can actually work to alleviate back pain. Spending just 30 minutes or less a day on an activity such as speed walking, swimming, yoga, motion inducing stationary machines, or home exercises incorporatinginflatable balls or trampolines can tangibly increase back strength and flexibility. Saving a few minutes before and after every work out for stretching will further increase your back health and limit pain. However, while working out you should never directly stimulate or stretch your lower back. Instead of risking extra injury, you should stretch local muscles such as the hamstring, gluteus, and quadriceps to indirectly target your lower back.

 

Preventing back pain at home is equally as important, and fortunately there are a number of reclinerssofas, and even outdoor seatingoptions that will have you feeling better in no time. While all of these chairs are made to alleviate your back pain through a blend of support and pressure relief, a massage chair is the only seating option that proactively works to loosen muscles and eliminate back pain.

 

Perhaps the most important piece of furniture in terms of your back health is your bed. Chiropractors recommend a firm bed for those with chronic back pain, but that does not necessarily mean it has to be uncomfortable! In fact, memory foam mattresses such as the Tempur-Pedic line and premium pure latex mattresses provide contouring support along with supreme comfort to deliver a great nights sleep even when you are plagued with back pain.

 

Sitting in an office chair that is ergonomically designed to respond to your specific body shape is vital in maintaining a healthy posture while staying comfortable. HealthyBack.com carries a diverse range of office chair choices; between executive chairs, task chairs, and kneeling chairs many of which are innovatively designed to contour to your back and allow you to move freely. Newer ergonomic research is focusing beyond improving just your chair, and has outputa range of office accessories aimed to keep your body aligned from head to toe, includingadjustable desksfootrests, and monitor arms.  

 

 

 

 

Sometimes a healthier back means making smart decisions on what not to do. Many work related injuries are caused or aggravated by stressors such as heavy lifting, contact stress (repeated or constant contact between soft body tissue and a hard or sharp object, such as resting a wrist against the edge of a hard desk or repeated tasks like using a hammering motion), vibration, repetitive motion, and awkward posture, all of which can be avoided with due caution. Whether your job requires manual labor, or you play softball on the weekends, thinking before acting and taking precautionary steps before a physical activity can greatly reduce the risk of injury and help maintain a healthy back. More companies and homebuilders are promoting ergonomically designed tools, products, workstations, and living space to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injury and pain, but it is up to each individual to be safe and healthy.

 

 

HealthyBack.com is a specialty retailer that provides high-end comfort solutions and ergonomic products for back pain and other physical conditions. The company offers pain relieving products for sleeping, working, exercising and relaxing including back and neck supports, specialty mattresses, office chairs, exercise and therapy equipment, recliners and massage chairs. Healthy Back sells recognizable name brands such as Herman Miller and Tempur-Pedic, but also represents smaller, specialized manufacturers offering a growing selection of house-branded goods. Healthy Back has 23 stores in 6 states across the United States, and also sells through its website and call center, making it the largest privately owned back care retailer.