Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people call into work. An estimated 10% of the entire population has reported experiencing back pain on some level. Unfortunately, medical experts haven’t yet come up with a truly effective way to prevent it. Taking a deeper look at the cause may help in avoiding some of the triggers. New studies reflect that specific combinations of activities up your odds for back injury more than others.
What Triggers Low Back Pain?
A new study conducted in Sydney, Australia was recently published in Arthritis Care & Research that examined multiple combinations of risk factors for sudden acute, onset low back pain. The investigation had almost 1,000 subjects who reported a new episode of low back pain. Each participant was asked to report exposure to 12 triggers over the 96 preceding the discomfort. Using this information, researchers measured the increased risk of experiencing back pain following each of the “triggers.”
- Manual tasks including heavy loads and unstable loading
- Moderate or vigorous physical activity
- Slipping, tripping or falling
- Psychosocial triggers such as drinking, being distracted or fatigue
- Time of day: between 7 am and noon
How to Prevent Low Back Pain
There are some key things you can do to prevent back pain however. Always warm up prior to exercise and physical tasks. You can do some yoga stretches and run in place to get your body prepared. Supporting and listening to your body will do wonders, for instance using a small pillow for low back support when you are sitting at your desk, finding a cushion or something to sit on if you are on the kneeling or on the ground for a long period or time, and paying attention to those discomfort signals at the onset.
The mind and body connection is a powerful tool, when you become aware of how you feel you will become aware of the danger zones and focus on preventative solutions.
“Help, it’s too late! I’m in pain!”
You may already be in pain as you read this post. If that is the case then here at Moyer Total Wellness we have the tools to support your body.
Written by: Randy Moyer, DC
Originally Published February 23, 2015, Updated July 29, 2019 by Nicole Morrison
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