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What Is Causing Your Backaches?

At one point in your life, you will have back pain. It doesn’t matter whether you are physically fit or not. Backache occurs when the muscles in your spine are injured. This is referred to as a strain. Another cause arises from sprains or damage to backbone ligaments. Accidents, excessive weights and engaging in strenuous physical activities are some of the reasons behind back injuries. It is difficult to see some of these injuries especially those affecting the muscles, ligaments and tendons. Here are some of the most common causes of back pain and steps you can take to prevent it:

Improper Posture

People who work in offices have to sit for long hours every day. Considering the fact that we spend most of our days at the office, there is need to address how we sit. The problem is not with how long you sit but the way you do it. Poor posture overstretches your spinal muscles. At the same time, you may be sitting on a poorly structured seat. To rectify the situation, always ensure that you sit upright and align your back against that of the chair. Don’t lean forward or slouch. The knees should be level with the hips.

We recommend taking breaks from sitting at least once an hour for a minute or two. Stand up and stretch the muscles to keep them loose. This helps to move the blood, which prevents it from clotting in your legs.

Lack of Exercise

If you stay for long periods of time without stretching or doing regular exercises, your muscles will become stiff and weak. Failure to receive at least 30-60 minutes of exercise can wreak havoc on your health. It is essential to focus on daily exercise to keep the muscles strong, preventing backaches and pains in other areas of the body.

Stress

Our bodies will start to experience backaches and other muscle pain when we carry around too much stress. Exercise is a great way to help the body cope with stress. If you have too much stress, you may find yourself eating poorly, or having problems sleeping. Your back can take on excess pressure as it tries to handle stress. Daily stretching of the back is a great way to keep it loose, so it can handle your daily lifestyle. However, tight muscles in the neck and back often need professional intervention. We can provide in-office treatments that will help your back get back to the right position, and will reduce the amount of stress you are currently dealing with.

Contact Layton Physical Therapy today to learn how we can help you overcome painful back pain problems (801)896-9624.

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