Let's look at some basic back care tips to reduce your risk of back pain and to help relieve any current pain. Three important factors in taking care of your back are correct body mechanics, exercise, and good posture.
Body mechanics refers to how you use your body in all your activities. Here are a few tips:
Strong, flexible muscles are important in maintaining a healthy back. You want to focus on both the back muscles and the abdominal muscles, along with general body conditioning. If you already have back problems, the best thing to do is consult a physical therapist or exercise specialist for an exercise program tailored to your needs.
Many people have the wrong idea about posture. It's not some rigid position but rather a fluid, dynamic alignment of your body as you go about your daily activities.
Many factors contribute to poor posture, including muscle imbalances. Massage therapy can help improve posture by stretching short muscles and fascia (the connective tissue around muscles and other tissues), creating better movement around the joints and relaxing tight muscles that can pull your body out of alignment.
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