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How to Avoid Back Injuries

May 14, 20242 min read

When it comes to avoiding back injuries, your fate is largely in your own hands. It’s true that an unexpected fall or auto accident may cause an injury that’s beyond your control, but a large percentage of back injuries are caused by your own actions, which means you can take measures to prevent them or stop them from getting worse. Here are a few valuable back injury tips from Dr. Bliss.

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR LIFTING TECHNIQUE

How you lift boxes, laundry baskets, children’s toys, a pair of shoes, or just about anything else, has a bearing on the health of your back. When you lift correctly your spine is in the proper alignment and there is no added stress placed on your back. This means you should bend your knees and keep your back as straight as possible when you pick anything up off the floor.

If you have a lot of lifting to do, try to place items on a table or chair so there isn’t as much bending required in picking it up. Your back is not designed to work as a crane so anytime you use it that way you are putting stress on your back that doesn’t need to be there. Take a balanced stance, lift with your legs and move your feet if you need to change direction while holding the object.

SENSIBLE BODY MANAGEMENT

Performing activities with your back health in mind is a great strategy to help you avoid back injuries. That means stretching before any type of physical activity, taking it slow if you have a lot of repetitive lifting to do, and taking breaks to rest and stretch during the activity.

Getting yourself into good physical condition also protects your back and helps to avoid injuries. This includes losing weight in your midsection and strengthening core muscles, to make lifting and general movement less stressful on your back. Most chiropractors will also tell you that sleeping on a firm mattress is another way you can nurture your back and prevent injuries.

DON’T LET INJURIES LINGER

If you end up with a back injury despite your efforts to avoid it, you should seek treatment with a chiropractor as soon as you can. Spinal misalignment, bulging discs, herniated discs, and other injuries often only get worse if you let them linger. Prompt treatment will restore blood flow to the area, relieve any compressed nerves and get you back to normal in the shortest time possible.

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If you have any further questions please feel free to contact our Anderson Township, OH team today at Bliss Chiropractic and Acupuncture.

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Dr. Erik Bliss D.C., CCSP, FASA

Dr. Erik Bliss is not just a chiropractor; he's a wellness enthusiast on a mission to empower individuals to live their healthiest lives. With over two decades of experience in chiropractic care, nutrition, and holistic therapies, he's dedicated to sharing his wealth of knowledge to inspire and inform others. As a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and a leading expert in gentle treatments, Dr. Bliss brings a unique perspective to health and wellness. His passion for research and commitment to community well-being have made him a sought-after speaker in schools, businesses, and community groups. When he's not helping his patients or conducting research, you'll find Dr. Bliss exploring the great outdoors with his family, indulging in his favorite sports, or actively participating in his local church. Through his blog contributions, he hopes to make the journey to optimal health a bit more accessible for everyone, one insightful article at a time. Join him on a wellness adventure filled with knowledge, inspiration, and a dose of bliss.

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