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Tips to Ease an Aching Back
Date:12/25/2008

same position for too long, though.
  • Use proper lifting mechanics. When lifting objects from a position below the waist, start with a wide stance, bending slightly at the hips and knees. Tighten your stomach as you lift and keep your back straight; do not arch or bend. Carry heavy objects close to your body and avoid carrying objects on only one side of your body.
  • Get a good night's sleep. Pick a firm mattress and box spring that does not sag. Try to sleep in a position that maintains the natural curve of your back.
  • Warm-up. Before you exercise, engage in a low-impact activity to increase muscle temperature and mobility. This decreases your chance of injury.
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle. Obesity and smoking increase the incidence of back pain. Improving your health will decrease the chance of back pain and improve your quality of life.
  • More information

    The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about back pain.



    -- Kevin McKeever



    SOURCE: National Athletic Trainers' Association, news release, December 2008


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