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Learning To Relieve Lower Back Pain
If you need to know how to relieve lower back pain, then you are in the same situation as over 100 million other people that are dealing with the same issue. Most likely you have the same story as them. You probably sit at a computer for the better part of your day. Possibly you may have another hour or two in which you commute to work and back. Much of your back pain is from sitting for so long. You may not be able to do much about how long you have to sit, but there are things you can do to relieve lower back pain.
The first thing to do when learning to relieve lower back pain is to get up and move around frequently. Take the time to stretch your back occasionally. Many over look this very simple thing. Every half hour to an hour you should get up and walk around for five minutes. As you stand up, stretch in the opposite way that you were sitting.
Put your hands on either your hips or back then push your hips forward with your shoulders and head pushed back. Sing the "Happy Birthday" song quietly to yourself as you hold this stretch. When you are stretching do not bounce. Just hold the stretch while breathing normally then return to your normal upright position. When standing or walking use good posture. This is the key in learning how to relieve lower back pain. Most pain in our backs is caused from lack of good posture. You can relieve lower back pain by fixing your posture. Do not slouch. Your chest should be slightly forward and your shoulders should be slightly back.
Your back should be curved inward instead of out. As you are sitting, standing or lying down, it should appear as if a ball was pressing against your back pushing your mid spine forward. When returning from a short walk, sit down and use good posture. If you place something behind your back it can help you have the correct posture. Something the size of a rolled up towel is about right. If you do not have a small pillow or some foam then you could use some magazines or some rolled up newspapers. When sitting place your hips as far back in the seat as you can and have your shoulders pushed towards the back of the chair. Your keyboard can be pulled closer and monitor raised so that your head stays level. This will eliminate the temptation to slouch.If you use a laptop, you could purchase an external keyboard.
Not only will these tips help, they can be achieved with little out of pocket cost and no pain medication. If you are serious about learning how to relieve lower back pain, then you will find these tips very beneficial for you.
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