Have you been plagued by back pain issues for years, or is there a new twinge on your left side every time you get in and out of bed? The good news is, you’re not alone! Although you should always be evaluated by a doctor for pain in your back, there are some probable culprits and things you can do to help yourself.

Why you may be experiencing back pain

Provided your doctor clears you of any serious issues that need immediate medical attention, consider your answers to these questions:

  1. Are you sitting too much? Sitting in a chair or in a car for long periods of time causes hamstrings to lengthen and hip flexors to shorten. Over time this will cause back pain primarily because your muscles are out of balance, pushing your pelvis in a direction it should not go.
  2. Are you sitting wrong? Believe it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to sit. See Office Chair: How To Reduce Back Pain to help set yourself up at your desk or workspace so you can eliminate the pain.
  3. Are you overweight? Carrying extra weight, especially in your belly, will throw your back out of alignment. Your spine supports your upper body, and the older you get the older your bones get. Keeping your weight down will allow your body the chance to maintain good posture.
  4. Do you have a strong core? By that, I mean, the muscles in your abdomen and back. The stronger these muscles are, the better they will serve your back. Pilates is a great option to help strengthen the muscles in your core.
  5. Do you exercise? Do you have a regular exercise routine? Cardiovascular and strength training exercises are probably to best way to insure that you move around, keep your weight down and strengthen your core.

Here’s more information to help you understand what may be causing your back pain and how to correct it for good: 14 Daily Habits Killing Your Back

Don’t settle with back pain. No matter your age, consider the questions above and your answers to them. You may need to pay your doctor a visit and dig a bit deeper.

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