How to Prevent Mid Back Pain

May 31, 2017

Mid back pain is a common and painful issue.

The causative factors of this pain are of many forms. You are more likely get back pain if you have bad posture, or if you leave an injury untreated for a long period of time. If you take on more physical stress than usual – for example, if you get a new job that demands you spend more hours being active than your former job – there’s a likelihood of getting back pain. Lifting too much weight in an incorrect posture can also trigger mid back pain. Sitting for too long is another common cause for mid back pain. Sleeping on your stomach and being obese also put you at greater risk.

If you have mid back pain, you may notice the pain is positional, always coming when you maintain certain postures. Alternatively, your back pain may come and go seemingly without cause. You may even wake up with your back in pain. In reality, mechanical stress, motion, and incorrect posture can all cause or worsen mid back pain.

Now that you know some of the causes, let’s look at what you can do to avoid and prevent mid back pain. Many people rely on pain relievers and analgesics to relieve pain, not knowing there is a drug-free way to not only mask the pain, but to fix the root cause.

Being conscious of your posture is one of the most effective ways to prevent mid back pain. Always be aware of your posture positioning in your everyday activities. Check that your head held high and at the center of your torso. Allow your chest to open by relaxing your shoulders to the back. Whether you are sitting, lifting or standing, your back should be straight. Simply put, consciously correcting your posture throughout the day is the first step to preventing back pain.

You are not far from mid back pain if there’s a sharp drop in your level of physical activity. While watching TV, working in an office or driving a car, you are always sitting. The more you sit, the more likely you are to have back pain. The body is not built to maintain just one position for a long time. If you’ll be sitting at work, ensure your chair is set to an optimum height.

If you notice mid back pain, don’t try to work through it; you will just be aggravating the pain. Instead, get up and take a walk, even if it’s only to the water cooler and back. Also take a moment to stretch your back in the opposite direction of how you were holding it while you were working. If you were slouching at your desk, stretch by leaning back. Finally, if you have been waking up with back pain, changing your sleeping position is the essential. You can also consider changing the mattress to one that is more comfortable and supportive of your spine.

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