Back Pain – 2 Ways to a Healthy Back

As they say prevention is better than cure and when it comes to back pain this is very true. The most effective way of treating and looking after back pain is to prevent it from happening in the first place. You can prevent or at least reduce the back pain in your life by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

In this article I will give you 2 ways that will help keep your back in good shape and your overall health as well.

Keeping Fit

There are many health benefits to keeping fit and staying in shape. Keeping fit will ensure that your back and neck remain in good health. When you take exercise on a regular basis you are conditioning your body to cope more effectively with the stresses and demands that are put on it. There are many exercises that you can do to keep you fit. If you have not exercised for a while it is advisable that you choose an exercise or take part in a sport that is low impact. Low impact sports and exercises support and put less strain on your body. Great examples of low impact sports are swimming and cycling. These are particularly good for your back. It is also important that you take part in activities that you enjoy. If you force yourself to do an exercise or sport that you really do not enjoy doing then, you increase the risk of injuring yourself and you will have less motivation to stay committed to doing it on a regular basis.

Back and Neck Exercises

There are specific exercises and stretch routines that focus on the back and neck. Performing these exercises and stretches on a regular basis will help to keep your back and neck relaxed and in good shape. These include the pelvic tilt, head and shoulder rolls and leg pulls. If you get in to the routine of doing these on a daily basis then, you will greatly improve the health of your neck and back muscles. Another important area that you should also focus on is your abdominals or core muscles groups. These are the muscles that are situated around your stomach and lower back. These muscles act like a corset supporting your spine and back. There are specific exercises that include sit ups, the plank and crunches that focus on strengthening your abdominals. You should also consider including these into your daily routine.

Always consult with your physicians if you have a health condition before doing any form of new exercise.