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Donít Take Back Problems Sitting Down!
Why do so many of us have back problems today? In part, itís the way our work and lifestyle have evolved. As we grow more sedentary in an increasingly automated world, weíre doing more sitting and adding extra pounds. As a result, our backs are becoming more vulnerable to injury.
Sitting, especially slouching, is one of the most common positions during our waking hours. It also happens to be one of the worst positions for our backs, by putting continuous pressure on the lower back muscles and disks.
Low back pain is a warning that something is wrong. Recognize this warning and take steps to prevent a back problem from getting worse. Here are some helpful suggestions if you sit for long periods during the course of your workday.
Vehicular vibration adds additional stress to the backs of those who drive long distances. Hereís some back comfort tips for drivers.
There are also some general lifestyle choices that can reduce stress on your back. Sleep on a firm mattress, control your weight, get regular exercise, and for men, take that bulging wallet out of your back pocket when you sit. Make sitting a pleasure not a pain.
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