Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Getting Pain Off Your Back

Back Pain is second only to common cold as one of the leading causes of hospitalizations and surgeries in the United States. Check which of these bad back habits you are guilty of:
1. You spend most of your time sitting.

Sitting puts 40% more pressure on your back and spine than standing. Take the edge of back pain by taking regular standing breaks. Walk around during lunch break or pop over to your colleague's cubicle instead of using IM. Taking a break from sitting can help reduce back pain.
2. You do crunches way too often.

A strong core makes for stronger back. But doing crunches way too often may actually cause you back pain. Just include crunches in a broader and varied routine. It also helps if you observe proper technique and do it sparingly.

3. Your purse is enormous.

Carrying everything in your purse is bad for your back. Your body elevates the shoulder carrying the bag, which throws your spine off-kilter. Doing this every day can cause back muscles to ache over time. Divide your stuff into two bags or carry only stuff that you really do need for the day.

-Tin Gonzaga

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