“My back!” I know we’ve all heard this phrase at least one time in our lives and it’s usually never inside of an anatomy class. Whether you hear it on TV or in real life, “my back!” is a universal indication of pain among people who’s capable of lifting or sitting on their own.
Blame it on our poor posture or excessive lifting, I don’t know, but the numbers don’t lie when it comes to Americans suffering from posterior woes. In fact, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says 8 out of 10 people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, making it one the most common musculoskeletal ailments in the country. Because your neck is directly connected to your back, you need to treat both of these body parts with tender love and care.
So what can you do to prevent back and neck pain?
- Stay active and eat nutrient rich foods that support muscle building and bone strength like food high in protein and calcium.
- Avoid heavy lifting.
- Stand and sit up straight. No slouching!
- Do back-strengthening and stretching exercises, 2 t0 3 times per week.
See, it’s not that hard at all! To help you get started, we’ve got you covered on the stretching part. Check out the video below to learn how to stretch your back while laying down, sitting down, or standing up.
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