Stopping back pain before it happens is naturally better than having to be treated for it. There are many tips for preventing back pain. Here are a few:
1. Exercise more. Physical activity, along with its many other benefits, can actually help reduce inflammation in the body.
2. Analyze your desk chair. A chair you spend a lot of time in should have low-back support and be angled at roughly 110 degrees back.
3. Ditch the skinny jeans. Clothing that is too tight can interfere with walking, sitting and bending (I know, I love mine, too!)
4. Don’t sit on stuffed pockets. Carry your wallet in your pants? Remove it from your back pocket before sitting.
5. Carry a briefcase or handbag with an adjustable strap and wear it over your shoulder for better weight distribution.
Ted Johnson is a chiropractor in Powell River who has been practising for 29 years.
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