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Quiz time for lower back pain!  What do babies, flip-flops and mopping all have in common?  If you guessed lower back pain – You’re absolutely right!  Each of these seemingly innocent activities can contribute to lower back pain. How is that even possible?  It’s simple… Carrying your baby on your hip, like so many Moms do, can cause misalignments in your spine and pelvis, which can in turn lead to lower back pain.  Bending from the waist to mop the floor puts a lot of strain on the lower back and finally flip flops, which have no cushioning in the heel, force your spine and pelvis to absorb the shock of walking. Ouch!

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female Senior has back pain due to heavy load

Lower back pain is very common.  Research shows that four out of five adults will experience low back pain at some point in their lives.   Low back pain, just like any other pain, is a symptom.  It’s your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong!

Low back pain begins with stress.  That stress can be physical, like a slip or fall, emotional, like work stress or a traumatic event, or biochemical, stress caused by toxins, medications or even an unhealthy diet.  Regardless of the type, stress causes vertebral subluxations or misalignments, which can keep your spine and ultimately your nervous system from functioning properly.   Pain often begins after a subluxation has been there for a while.    Cool fact: Only 10% of your nerves actually feel pain.  That’s a small number!  And it’s the reason why a person could have subluxations without actually feeling pain.

Prevent Low Back Pain – Naturally!

The good news is that there are some natural ways to help relieve your lower back pain, without the use of medication.  Try some of these tips!

  1. See your Wellness Chiropractor in Ottawa.  Not only is chiropractic care a natural, non-invasive way to relieve low back pain but also studies show that chiropractic care also offers quicker recovery from low back than traditional medical care.  Click here to book your appointment now.
  2. Sit Less – Move More! Recent studies show that Canadians spend as much as three quarters of their day sitting which can not only contribute to low back pain and poor posture but also increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and even …. dying
  3. It’s Hip to Hinge! Faulty movement patterns like bending from the waist when you do house work or bend over to pick something up can lead to excess wear and tear on your spine.  When you bend over, be sure to hinge from the hip, shift your hips back and bend through your knees while keeping your back in a neutral position.
  4. Get to the Core of Your Workout. Include some core strengthening exercises in your workout routine.  Strong core muscles help to prevent lower back pain.   Need some ideas?  Click here for effective abdominal exercises.

Do you have a friend or family member who suffers from low back pain in the Ottawa area?  Be sure to share this blog with them so that they can finally get some relief and live the life they’ve always imagined.