Dos and don’ts for back health

Back pain is one of America’s most commonly reported medical complaints. In fact, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), in a three-month period, one-fourth of Americans will experience at least one day of back pain.

If you suffer from chronic back pain, you should be mindful of daily activities that could exacerbate symptoms. Be careful when lifting, even if you think the object doesn’t seem too heavy. Avoid lifting with the back and make sure to bend and use your legs.

If you sit at a computer all day, sit with your shoulders slightly behind your hips and keep feet flat on the floor, knees slightly lower than your hips. You should try to take frequent breaks and walk around, being mindful not to slouch throughout the day. Slouching will add to back pain and begin to cause head and neck pain as well.

If it’s been a while since you’ve replaced your mattress, it could be to blame for a lot of your pain, especially if you’re waking up in the night with pain, or frequently wake up in more pain than when you went to sleep. Avoid sleeping on your stomach, as it actually puts more strain on your back. Sleeping on your back is best, but if that’s uncomfortable, sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs.

All the daily things women add to their purses add up, and women don’t always realize how much the bags they tote around with them every day actually weigh.If you usually overload your purse, switch to a small bag so you can only carry essentials.

Being overweight can also put strain on your back, especially if you carry a lot of extra weight around the abdomen. Unfortunately, losing weight may not solve the problem, but it will help prevent it from getting worse. To reverse some of the damage, you may need physical therapy and a new exercise routine.

Most importantly, keep your body healthy so that it can repair itself properly. Ultimate Reds, available at Dr. Newton’s Naturals, can help reduce some of your pain by promoting bone health and supporting joint flexibility.

“My husband noticed a significant difference in the amount of pain in his neck at bedtime. He has been in severe pain for years. It is nice to know that there is something out there like Ultimate Reds that can help him when the doctors couldn’t,” reported one happy customer.

Help take strain off your muscles, bones and joints with Ultimate Reds, available at Dr. Newton’s Naturals.

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