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Basics for Back Health

4 tips to keep a strong spine

Dr_Alisha_MoadabYou’ve may of heard this line before, but once again, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! This same philosophy is well applied when it comes to injury in the musculoskeletal system. Many back injuries occur on the job, and most often for health care workers. Although, improper ergonomics and lifting can also occur outside the work place. Back pain can be purely physical, although in the realm of mind/body medicine, back pain may be symbolic of not feeling supported. [1] Here are a few tips to keep in mind [2] :

  1. Do back strengthening and stretching exercises at least 2 or 3 times a week.
  2. Sit and stand up straight.
  3. Avoid heavy lifting. If you do lift something heavy, bend your legs and keep your back straight.
  4. If you are overweight, lose weight to help lower the strain on your back.

Back pain could be beyond a basic strain, especially if it persists, worsens, or is associated with other symptoms. Here’s a few tips to know when you need to see a doctor [3] :

  1. Numbness or tingling
  2. Severe pain that does not improve with rest
  3. Pain after a fall or an injury
  4. Pain plus any of these problems:
    Trouble urinating
    Weakness
    Numbness in your legs
    Fever
    Weight loss when not on a diet

Keeping a strong back will give you strength and support in other aspects of your life. Remember take care of your body, and it will take care of you!

[1] http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/prevention-wellness/emotional-wellbeing/mental-health/mind-body-connection-how-your-emotions-affect-your-health.html

[2] http://healthfinder.gov/prevention/ViewTopic.aspx?topicID=46&cnt=1&areaID=1&TopicContentID=216

[3] http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Back_Pain/back_pain_ff.asp#d

In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Soleil Medical Spa
Dr. Alisha N.D.

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treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.

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