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Saturday, August 4, 2007

3 Tips to Painproof Your Back

We all spend a lot of time at work, sitting at our desk in front of a computer for up to 8 hours each day. At home we probably sit in front of our computers for additional hours. Our chair, desk and computer setup plays an important role. Your chair should be comfortable allowing both feet to be flat on the floor. Your computer monitor should be at eye level. If you prop one foot up on a footrest (or phone book) and switch feet when you get uncomfortable will decrease any pressure you may feel in your lower back.
You should also get up from your chair every once in awhile to prevent discomfort.

My brother who is a massage therapist has always told me that you must strengthen your core muscles that support your back and spine. Your stomach muscles support your back, so it's a good idea to do core strengthening exercises. Cardio, yoga or pilates are great ways to accomplish this. Make sure to learn the appropriate way to perform these moves.

Getting a good night's sleep is essential. If you can't tolerate sleeping on your back...try putting a pillow under your knees. If that doesn't help, sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees. This will align your spine.

If you suffer from back pain, these tips will improve not only your back pain, but neck problems as well.

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