Lower back pain is quite common amongst people today. The modern lifestyle we lead is very abusive of the body. Of course, there are several medical reasons for lower back pain as well. At New Body Physiotherapy and Postural Management, we recommend everyone to visit the doctor if they find their lower back pain just won’t go away. It’s never a good idea to ignore, because it can lead to serious problems. Here are some of the common reasons behind lower back pain. If you take measures to avoid these problems, you might be able to keep the pain away.

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#1 By the Screen

These days, most people have jobs that require them to sit before the computer screen for hours on end. In most cases, people forget to maintain proper posture while sitting. Instead of keeping the monitor at eye level, their keyboards within comfortable reach, and their posture straight, they slouch over a too high or too low keyboard. When you do that for 8 to 9 hours at a stretch, it can be a nightmare for your back.

Sitting for long periods of time can place considerable pressure on your back and vertebrae. One way to avoid back pain due to prolonged sitting is to maintain the right posture and make slight adjustments to your desk. As we mentioned earlier, you should keep the monitor at eye level. You should also purchase a chair or cushion that offers considerable lumbar support. You should sit with your hands and knees bent at 90° angles with your feet firmly on the ground. You should also take frequent breaks.

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#2 Neglecting your Core During Exercise

Sitting for long hours can easily weaken the muscles and tendons in your back. One of the best ways to keep that at bay is to strengthen your core and perform regular stretches. There are several forms of exercises that focus on the core, which comprises of back, side, buttock, abdomen, and pelvic muscles. When you straighten and exercise these muscles, you make them resistant to back ache. This isn’t something you should neglect. A completely sedentary lifestyle wouldn’t help you at all.

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#3 You Don’t Stretch or Take Breaks

Stretching keeps the spine flexible and supple. It also releases built up stress in the back. For this, yoga is ideal. That routine focuses on strengthening the spine and the core, as well as the entire body. Yoga will also help with balance and posture, which will ultimately help you keep back ache away. You also need to take a break away from the screen. You can take a walk around, do stretches or even go out for a 15 minute run.

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#4 Shoes

High heeled or ill-fitting shoes can also be a nightmare on your back. That’s because they affect the natural alignment of your body, which can put pressure on the spine and the surrounding areas. Have you ever considered just how unnatural your feet appear when they’re placed inside heeled shoes? That’s one of the most common causes for back ache for women. It’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes every day and reserve high heels for special occasions.

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#5 Sleep Posture

People don’t realize it when the manner in which they sleep can affect their back as well. The worst sleeping position for the back is sleeping on the stomach. That places pressure on the spine.

If you want to know more about lower body pain and its causes, you can get in touch with us at New Body Physiotherapy and Postural Management. Just fill in this contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. You can also give us a call at 02 9958 2277.

Best Regards,
Corey Iskenderian