National Chiropractic Health Month, sponsored by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), is observed nationwide every October. This year’s theme is “Back to Basics”, which focuses on the importance of overall health and injury prevention for maintaining a healthy spine. Approximately one quarter of US adults reported having low back pain lasting at least 1 day in the past 3 months and it’s estimated that 80% of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. If you’re one of the many that have experienced back pain, here are some tips from the ACA that may help you:
- Keep your head level. Your earlobes should be in line with your shoulders. Do not push your head forward, backward, or to the side.
- Shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or one foot to the other, if you have to stand for a long time.
- At all times, avoid twisting while lifting. Twisting is one of the most dangerous movements for your spine, especially while lifting.
- If the item is too heavy to lift, pushing it is easier on your back than pulling it. Whenever possible, use your legs, not your back or upper body, to push the item
- Keep your knees slightly lower than your hips, with your head up and back straight.
- Try to maintain the natural curve in your low back.
- When texting, bring your arms up in front of your eyes so that you don’t need to look down to see the screen.
- When using a computer or mobile device, look down with your eyes, and if you wear glasses, make sure you also can scan the entire screen without moving your head.
If you’re still suffering from spine pain even after these tips, then it may be a good idea to seek help from a chiropractor. IRMC Physician Group Chiropractor, Dr. Kolby Mumau, is accepting new patients and taking same-day appointments. He can help alleviate low back pain, neck pain, headaches, pinched nerves, and other conditions related to your musculoskeletal system. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mumau, please call 888-452-IRMC (4762).