Low Back Pain (LBP) is likely to affect everyone of us at sometime in our lives. It can be scary, painful and depressing. Know how to manage and prevent it from happening again give you the tools to control it.
1: Stretch: I know everyone tells you to stretch. But you don't have to go to yoga for 2 hours a day to get the benefits of stretching. It can easily be done in 1 minute 2-3 times a day. You can set a time for every 1-1/12 hours and stretch. This is a good way to keep from sitting to long and keep the joints moving and lubricated. At first listen to your body and stretch the places that feel the most tight when you stand. Usually hamstrings, shoulders, and low back. After a few days or weeks you should get into a routine that will prevent tension from building up and decrease the future occurrence LBP.
2: Anti-Inflammation: Common over the counter medications could be used, but recent studies have shown that NSAIDS may delay the healing process and have dangerous side effects. A healthier choice to consider is a blend of ginger, turmeric and bioflavonoids. Eat fresh fruits, veggies, lean meats and food rich in Omega 3's. Include Vitamin D3, COQ10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid for healthy cells and immune functions. Avoid foods that promote inflammation such as deep fried foods and processed foods with high sugar content.
3: Stay Active: Balance rest with physical activity. Walking, running, biking, yoga and simple calisthenics can be done on a lunch break to keep your body moving. These can be doubled up with core strengthening exercises such as planks, pushups and crunches to increase core stabilization.