Stop Back Pain Before It Starts
You don't have back pain...yet. Want to keep it that way? Try these techniques to prevent the pain long before it begins.
Every half hour, get up and walk around for a few seconds to take some of the stress off your back.
Your ears, shoulders, hips, and knees should all stack up along that line, with your head stacked directly atop your neck, not jutting forward.
Wear soft soles
"If your shoe has little cushioning, every time your foot strikes concrete, youâll jar the bones and muscles in your low back,"
says Raj Rao, MD, vice chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. (That holds true for flats as well as heels.)
Look for a shoe with a cushioned sole, or buy an insert like Spenco For Her Womenâs Q-Factor Cushioning Insole ($8 and up; amazon.com). When youâre at home, pad around in thick flip-flops or well-cushioned sneakers.
Learn how to lift
Answer: Lean over it, slightly bend one knee, and extend the other leg behind you. Hold onto a chair or table for support.