Chronic or acute low back pain is a common problem and can affect your work, family, and recreational activities. There are some things you should STOP doing to treat your back pain.
1. Stop Slouching
First and foremost, stop slouching. One of the most common causes of low back pain is poor sitting posture. The strain on the back while sitting in a slouched position can cause excessive pressure on the joints, muscles, and discs, causing pain.
2. Stop Avoiding Exercise
It may hurt to get started, but exercise for your back is proven to be beneficial for most low back pain. It helps keep your core muscles strong, provides increased circulation to your joints and discs, and it gives you a sense of well-being. Plus, being a couch potato can really put your low back in a poor posture, leading to pain.
3. Stop Searching for a Miracle Cure
Hanging by your feet on an inversion table, rubbing healing balms on your back or spending money on fancy computerized traction devices all sound effective but the evidence indicates that many of these miracle cures are not beneficial.
4. Stop Lifting Heavy Things
One of the top causes of low back pain is frequent heavy lifting. If your job requires that you lift heavy items, ask your employer if special equipment (or an extra set of hands) is available to help ease the load on your lower back.
5. Stop Repetitive Bending
Limit your forward bending, and be sure to perform low back exercises that focus on backward bending to help offset the repetitive forward bending.
6. Stop Trying Passive Treatments
Passive treatments like heat, ice or ultrasound may feel good, but their effect is usually only temporary. Most research indicates that active self-care exercise and postural correction is an effective remedy for low back pain.
7. Stop Smoking
Some studies indicate that smoking can also increase your chance of having low back pain.