Think of 10 friends or family members you have, 8 out of those according to the Mayo Clinic will experience low back pain at least one time during their lifetime. Back pain besides for being uncomfortable, causes people to go to doctors, take off from work and being inconvenienced.
After reading this percentage my first question is what causes back pain?
There are actually quite a few causes of back pain some of the most common include:
- Improper lifting; this can be at work, the gym or even carrying heavy items in your home.
- Trauma; a car accident, fall or any injury.
- Overweight; one of the many reasons to get in shape, especially if you carry the weight around your middle.
- Posture; bad posture, and even bad sleeping positions can be a cause of back pain.
Since most of us tend to do one of the above mentioned things (if not 2 or 3 of them at least), what can you do? The answer is actually pretty simple. Remember all those years your Mom told you “Sit straight” or “Stand straight” maybe she knew what she was talking about? If you do work in an environment that you lift heavy boxes, it might be worth it to invest in a lifting belt to prevent injury.
Another great thing is Yoga, as some studies have shown yoga can help relieve back pain. As a preventative measure yoga may help relieve stress and can help promote a healthier lifestyle leading to weight loss.
Some of you are thinking…. TOO LATE, while preventative measures are great what do I do if I have back pain now?
Here are some tips if you are currently experiencing back pain, or are trying to help someone that is experiencing it:
- Use an Ice Pack; the first few days you should use an ice pack for 15 minutes at a time every few hours.
- Don’t become a couch potato; while you do need to rest to recover, a lack of movement can actually cause the recovery time to take longer, so keep moving but avoid strenuous movement.
- Heat; while at the beginning you should use ice after 48 hours, heat can be used to relax the muscles. (If you prefer cold you can still use the cold, or a combination of the two)
- Exercise; there are many different back exercises that can be done to help strengthen the back, these four are recommend by the Mayo Clinic- Knee-to-chest stretch, lower back rotational stretch, cat stretch and shoulder blade squeeze.
- Supplements; some vitamins taken daily can help promote a healthy back such as kosher glucosamine. Others work as anti-inflammatory and can ease some of the pain an example of this is Omega 3, Bromelain and Turmeric. Which would explain why the Solgar Glucosamine with MSM, and Maxi Omega 3 are such great sellers.
We know how annoying back pain can be, and hope this information helps you prevent or relive it. If you have any questions or comments fell free to comments below or e-mail us at Sales@koshervitamins.com