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Tip 8

BACK PAIN

At least 80 percent of all Americans suffer an occasional backache, and for 15 percent. The majority of backaches originate in the lumbar spine, between the waist and tail bone. The cervical spine (neck) is the second most common source of pain. Depending upon the cause, the pain may be constant, dull, and centered in one area; or it may be acute or stabbing, and spread from the lower back to the buttock and legs or from the neck to the jaw and arms.

Most back pain is due to muscle strains and spasms, often the result of improper lifting or abrupt twisting. You should see a doctor if back pain persists for more than two weeks despite rest, or if it recurs. Don't delay if the pain is accompanied by other symptoms, such as numbness in the arms or legs, or loss of bowel or bladder control.

If an exercise produces pain, STOP it immediately. Pain is a warning sign that something is wrong. Preventative measures include :

1-Use correct lifting techniques.
2-Avoid prolonged periods of sitting (walk around at least once every hour)
3-If you work at a desk (make sure that your chair provides proper back support)
4-If your job requires long periods of standing (rest one foot on a low stool to ease back strain) try to move about every few minutes.
5- Work to improve posture (through such exercises as yoga, dance, and the Alexander technique).
6-Sleep on a firm mattress, or (put a bed board under it).

TRAIN HARD......STAY FOCUSED.....AND ........GOD BLESS..........


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