If you're like most people, your first response to lower back pain is to ignore it and hope it goes away.
But lower back pain is often your body's way of letting you know something is amiss. Read on to learn what your lower back pain may be telling you:
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The typical person sits for over 8 hours per day. You might not think anything of this, but when combined with poor posture this can take a serious toll on your lower back.
One way poor posture causes lower back pain is by, over time, making anatomical changes to your spine; which can constrict your blood vessels and nerves. In addition, poor posture can cause lower back pain by placing additional strain on the muscles, discs, and joints in your back.
Here are some common posture mistakes:
Your back pain may be caused by poor posture if it subsides after switching positions (such as moving from sitting to standing), or if it coincides with the start of a new job or the use of a new chair.
If your lower back pain is caused by poor posture, your lower back is telling you to fix it straight away. This includes sitting with good posture, which entails:
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In addition, you need to get out of your chair and move every 30 minutes; as your back was not designed to sit in the same position for very long.
People who are obese are more likely to experience back pain, joint pain, and muscle pain. The reason for this may be (in part) that extra weight around your stomach places increased stress on your lower back by pulling your pelvis forward.
People who are overweight may also experience lower back pain as a result of a problem relating to a lumbar spinal disc caused by excess weight. But the good news is that losing weight can help reduce your current lower back pain, and it also minimizes the possibility of future episodes of lower back pain.
So if you are overweight, your back pain may be telling you that is is time to slim down. Here is how you can get started:
Make sure to speak with a qualified health professional before starting any weight-loss program to avoid potential complications.
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Of course, there are a number of other reasons your lower back may be hurting; such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis. So the best way to tell what your lower back pain is telling you is to meet with your doctor, as she or he can help you find an accurate diagnosis.
See Getting an Accurate Back Pain Diagnosis