Relieve Back Pain: Move More to Hurt Less


With the invention of computers, TV's, and other screens, people of all ages are sitting for longer periods of time. This causes extra strain on many body parts, including necks and spines. At any given point in time, around 31 million Americans suffer from low back pain and 80% of people will experience it at some point in their lives. While there are some causes of back pain that can't be resolved completely (like permanent damage), there are many things you can do when you are experiencing back strain. The biggest thing you can do is move more. Here are four things you can try.

1. Try AIM. This is an extremely effective way to loosen your muscles and it is very easy to do. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Take a deep breath and relax completely. Now, start letting your body move however it wants to move. While simple, it does take some practice to get outside of your head and allow your muscles to relax and move. After sitting still for a long period of time, your back will be anxious to stretch and release tension. The benefit of AIM (Advanced Integrative Movement) is that there are no set movements you make over and over. All of your joints and muscles can get loosened in just a few minutes. It also allows your body to move the ways it needs to. 

2. Move every half hour. This is hard to remember to do, so set a timer on your phone or computer. You don't have to do anything particular. Get up and stretch for a few minutes, do some AIM, or do a few traditional stretches. 

3. Change your position. Stand and pace while you are on the phone, tilt your chair forward or backward every so often, get an adjustable desk that can raise and lower, check your posture. Redistribute your weight so you aren't pulling the same muscles all day. 

4. Walk more. It can strengthen your muscles, give you more flexibility, and improve your circulation. Get a simple pedometer to help keep track of how many steps you are taking a day. It is really motivating to watch those numbers rise. You can take the stairs more often, march in place while doing simple chores or while you are on the phone, or park further away.

As you move more, you will improve your health and relieve your back pain. Good luck! 


21 May 2015

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