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Good Posture May Equal Less Back Pain


Good posture may equal less back pain

Back pain can be a common occurrence at some point in your life and usually affects the lower back.  However, whether it be lower or upper back pain, it can develop during the course of day to day living.
Back pain can be due to a sports injury, an accident or a health condition such as scoliosis.  Activities at home or at work such as sitting at a computer, lifting and carrying incorrectly can cause tension as well as muscle tightness which contribute and can result in back pain.
There is lot that can be done to prevent back pain.  General factors that contribute to a healthy and pain free back are being in good physical fitness and a healthy weight.  Posture is also important in minimising back pain.

Posture is the way in which you hold yourself while sitting, standing, lifting, carrying etc.  The bones of your spine called your vertebrae will be correctly aligned if your posture is good.
Four Important steps towards good posture
You can improve your posture and back health by following these exercises adapted from
  1. Core Stabilizer: Single Leg Extension
  2. 2. The New Crunch
  3. Pilates Roll-Up / Yoga Sit-Up
  4. Crossover
  5. Cobra Pose: Back Extension
  6. Plank Pose
According to WebMd, there are precautions you will need to abide by before attempting these exercise.  It is important that you consult a professional before trying out these exercises.  Work with slow, controlled movements, breathing evenly, without holding your breath.  Tailor your number of repetitions and sets to your current level of core fitness.  Core-strengthening exercises may improve posture, ease symptoms, and prevent future back pain. Discontinue any activity that causes pain or makes pain worse.

It is important that you consult a health professional if you have severe back pain or injury, if you are out of shape, or if you have any medical problems.  Some exercises may not be recommended by your health care professional.

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