Four Simple Tips to Alleviate Back Pain

Do you frequently have a stiff or sore back? Ease the tension using these four simple techniques

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A static lifestyle, such as working at a desk for eight hours a day, can heavily contribute to a sore back

Do you frequently have a stiff or sore back? Here are four easy ways to avoid back pain

  • Stand up: Sitting for more than one hour increases stress on the back muscles. Get up and move around every 20 minutes.

  • Remove your wallet: Sitting on a thick wallet twists the pelvis, creating tension in the back. Take your wallet out of your back pocket when sitting or driving. 

  • Elevate your feet: When standing for long periods, elevate your feet by alternately propping a foot on a low stool. This allows the lower back muscles to relax and helps prevent muscle fatigue.

  • Lie on your side: When sleeping, try lying on your side with your knees bent. Place a small pillow between your knees to prevent twisting at the spine.

Originally published in Wellness Matters, Canada Wide Media’s quarterly newsletter on health and wellness.