Sore Back

13 Mar

Dr. Oz says:  Here’s what not to do:  lie around. Bed rest is the opposite of what you’ll need to keep your core (the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support your vertebrae) strong and flexible.

Engage in activities that are easy on the body but also build strength, like swimming and gentle yoga. (Ask your instructor to give you poses that will help, rather than strain, your back.)

Try ice or heat, as well as over-the-counter pain medications, for temporary relief.

Check your posture. Sitting is very hard on the back, so be sure your feet are flat on the floor and your shoulders back, your eyes should be even with the bottom third of your computer screen to prevent slouching.

If you’re worried, call your doctor, who can refer you to a physical therapist or look into whether there’s a larger underlying problem.

80% of adults will experience lower back pain in their lifetime.

Source:  Good Housekeeping February 2018 Dr. Oz article

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