The number one way to injure your back may surprise you.
While there are many ways to injure your back, some are not as obvious as others. The obvious ways to cause back injuries are to lift heavy objects, injure yourself playing sports or be involved in a motor vehicle accident. But surprisingly, these are not the way most people injure their backs. The number one way people injure their back is by sitting too much.
If you have a profession where you are forced, as I am, to sit at a computer for eight-plus hours per day, the muscles of your lower back, upper back and neck weaken over time. The condition of losing muscle mass and strength from the non-use of a muscle group is called atrophy.
The first way to suspect that you may be developing a back problem due to sitting, even before you experience any pain, is to lack proper posture when sitting or standing. If you are noticeably hunched over it is probably due to weak back muscles. If your back muscles are strong and healthy, you will naturally and comfortably sit up straight. You will not need a lumbar support or ergonomic chair. Your strong back muscles will not only support your torso but also provide the support your spinal column needs for the proper spacing of your spine’s discs.
Ways to Prevent Back Muscle Atrophy
If you have a sedentary job or profession, you may need to go to the gym at least three days per week. In addition, if you are so inclined, taking regular yoga classes can comfortably exercise and stretch your spine and back, top to bottom. Most yoga teachers are trained professionals who can help you to exercise your neck, back, and buttocks so that you have a strong, healthy and pain-free back.
Chiropractic Care, Yoga, and Exercise
Combining a regular program of visiting your Chiropractor in Arlington Tx, at least 3 times per week for chiropractic treatments, with yoga stretching and light gym weight training exercises is a perfect program for building a strong, healthy, pain-free back. It is a perfect way to counterbalance the negative effects of sitting all day and should be considered by all who sit at a computer the majority of the day.