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How Do I Prevent Back Pain From Standing
Correct posture: The seated position actually places up to 6x more strain to the low back than standing. When seated, you can promote better posture by sitting at the edge of the seat, preferably with the knees lower than the hips. I also encourage patients to use a lumbar (low back) pillow to sit as if you were"pooching out" your stomach and sticking your chest out. Also, see my "back pain/strain" health guide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
By limiting sitting: Sitting generates a 4 times body load across your lower back. That load is further enhanced by being static in one position. Sitting in a higher chair like a bar stool will decrease the load. Having a chair with a higher back and arm supports also will help. Placing a rolled towel in the small of your back between the chair back can help. By getting up after 15 to 30 minutes can help ...Read more
Check posture: Most sitting problems are due to posture - look at someone on the computer or driving a car - most are slouching! use an ergonomic chair or lumbar support whenever sitting at home, at work or in the car. ...Read more
Yoga, et al...: Where is your pain? Low back pain may be related to poor arch support, and/or poor posture. Try tilting your pelvis...As if sitting down...Flattening the lumbar curvature of your spine. Does that relieve it any? Yoga can be very useful for fostering body awareness and better posture so that you will understand how shifts in your posture, alignment, and movement will affect how you feel. ...Read more
Limit time : Sitting places a 4 times body weight load across your lower back while being in a car causes an additional vibrational stress (cars and human spines vibrate at the same harmonic frequency about 5 hertz). Prolonged positioning also adds increased load. Getting out of a car periodically if it can be done safely can help as can a small lumbar roll support. Also seat adjustments can help. ...Read more
See below: It is probably not possible to completely prevent back pain but here are some tips. Keep yourself physically fit and have a regular exercise program. Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food. Do not smoke. Move regularly even if you have a sitting job. Learn safe lifting techniques. If you get back pain, don't panic. ...Read more
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