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Rules to Live By

Here are some simple "Rules to Live By" that can reduce or prevent low back pain:

  • Keep moving. Stay active.
  • Learn to lift things the right way.
  • Lose weight. Extra pounds, especially around the middle, increase stress on the lower back.
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking can interfere with blood circulation to the lower back, while a constant cough can bring on a back spasm.
  • Reduce stress. Economic worries, family pressures, and fatigue can cause back spasms or tense muscles.
  • Daily exercise is an excellent way to relieve stress.
  • Walk short distances instead of driving.
  • Climb a few flights of stairs instead of taking the elevator.
  • Choose a sport that is easy on your back such as walking, swimming, or bicycling in an upright position.
  • Be aware that there are times when immediate medical attention is required.
  • Remember, most back pain from minor strains can be resolved with self-care at home and over-the-counter medicines.