Low back pain is an incredibly common problem. In fact, about 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time. If you’re one of them, don’t wait to schedule an appointment with your doctor of chiropractic. When left untreated, low back pain can negatively affect your quality of life, keeping you from work, exercise or other activities you love.
Doctors of chiropractic treat low back pain using a drug-free, integrative approach. Instead of trying to mask your symptoms with painkillers, they work one-on-one with you to pinpoint (and treat) the underlying cause.
Some of the most common causes of low back pain include:
Poor posture. Do you have a tendency to slouch or hunch over? These habits can quickly lead to spinal misalignments and general discomfort. When sitting or standing, try to keep your spine straight. Imagine there’s a string running from your tailbone to the crown of your head. Try to keep your ears directly above your shoulders and your chin tucked in. Postural changes can make all the difference.
Uncomfortable sleeping position. Is your mattress more than 10 years old? If so, it may be time for an upgrade. Without proper support during sleep, low back pain is sure to follow. If you have a new mattress, try providing your spine with extra support. Sleep on your back and tuck a pillow beneath your knees. This helps keep your spine in a neutral position.
Uncomfortable work environment. Now that many Americans are working from home, they’re experiencing low back pain as a result. Instead of working from your bedroom or couch, set up an ergonomically friendly workspace. You may even want to alternate between a sitting and standing desk.