2 Common Causes of Back Pain

You’re at your desk and you start to make it to the break room, but then you feel it.  That tightness and pain in your lower back again.  It’s been like that for months, but you’ve been putting off going to a back pain doctor Rockville MD trusts for help.  You start to wonder, ‘How long has it been since this started giving me trouble?  A week?  A month?  How did this even happen in the first place?’
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This is a common scenario we hear from our patients all the time.  But instead of wanting to help our patients at this stage, we strive to help our patients before they get to this point and help them take their health into their own hands.  Preventative maintenance and exercise on a regular basis  can drastically decrease the chances of dealing with back pain.  But how do most people get to the place where they’re hobbling and bent over in the chiropractor’s office?
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Here are the 2 Common Causes:
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Not Moving
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It always seems easier said than done, but moving is some of the best medicine for your body.  As a culture we sit far too often.  And through the day we shift from one comfy surface to another without ever thinking about what that does to our spine.  When we get up from our beds and sit in our cars or at our desk, those spots are meant to feel good.
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But that comfy feeling is wreaking havoc on our posture and gives little to no stability for our spine.  When our spine doesn’t have that support, it is compromised and puts too much pressure on our low back.  Over time we start to compromise, and what was first a little irritation to our low back is now a chronic problem.
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We have to replace those hours of sitting and break them up with standing.  That helps us better align the spinal column and feel better.  Remember, this might feel a little difficult at first but your back will thank you later.
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Bad lifting Mechanics
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We’ve all been there.  We look over in the office and think we can pick up that water jug, no problem.  You don’t even bend your legs.  You just wrap your arms around that jug of water and try to thrust it onto your shoulder.  And before you could even lift halfway up, you hear that ‘pop’ in your back.  We’re all guilty of underestimating how much things weigh.  From office supplies to toddlers, we underestimate how much work it’ll take to pick that thing up.
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The reality is the body responds a lot better by not trying to shift position based on the weight, but performing the same action if the object is five or 50 pounds.  Why is this?  Because the body actually does a lot better when the body is warmed up with the same action before the heavier lifts occur.  Look at animals and how they perform similar stretches of common actions before performing it at a high speed.  This is the same reason we need to work on proper body mechanics.  If we only perform solid movements when we think we need it, we’ll forget all about them when we try to perform a simple task.  That is what will break the camel’s back.
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Advanced Wellness CenterThanks to our friends and contributors from Advanced Spine & Wellness Center for their insight into common causes of back pain.