Avoid These Activities If You Have Lower Back Pain

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Lower back pain is an epidemic, part of our inheritance as a species just barely (in evolutionary terms) able to walk upright. If you suffer from it, there are a few things you should stop doing now.

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Stop lifting anything heavy for a while. You’re just going to make things worse. If it’s a job requirement, you can always ask for some special equipment, or maybe just a little help.
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Stop looking for a very specific diagnosis. More than three-quarters of all lower back pain is considered ‘non-specific’. Pain is very much of a medical frontier, very little understood.
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Stop Slouching! Listen to your mother and stand up straight. Slouching leads to back pain as sure as thunder follows lightning. It feels comfortable to slouch, but you’re putting strain on discs, muscles and joints.
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Another common cause of lower back pain is frequent forward bending. It puts increased pressure on discs in your back, which can lead to muscle aches and pains. Perform low back exercises focused on backward bending in order to offset any repetitive forward bending you have to do.
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Stop looking for a miracle cure. The web is full of advertisements promising a miracle cure for lower back pain. The best medical evidence indicates little or no hope in any of them.
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Ignore passive treatments such as heat, ice and ultrasound. The relief they provide is usually just temporary. Exercise and postural correction is a better bet. Visit a physical therapist to determine which exercises are best for you.
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Don’t listen to other people’s whining. The last thing you need now is someone else’s pseudo-scientific negativity. Some low back conditions require surgery, but let an actual doctor decide that, not some guy on the street.
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Stop ducking exercise. Of course it might hurt to get started, but exercise is proven to be beneficial for most low back pain. It will strengthen your core muscles, increasing circulation to your joints and discs.
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Stop smoking! This isn’t obvious, but studies indicate that smoking can actually increase your risk for lower back pain. Life just isn’t fair, is it?
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