Tips in Taking Care of Your Lower Back

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - No matter your age, your back can cause you pain or discomfort.

However, there are simple ways to relieve pain associated with back problems, and prevent further damage. 

News 13's Alex Thorson has this weeks Health Desk report- sponsored by Bay Medical Sacred Heart.

The numbers speak for themselves. "90 to 95 percent of us have some type of back problem throughout our lives," Gail Harris, a physical therapist at Bay Medical Sacred Heart, said.

It all starts with our posture. 

"If you don't have good posture whether you're sitting, standing, or lying down and trying to sleep, your spine is not going to be happy," Harris said.

Our daily routines determine the condition of our backs. 

"So if I bend forward all day long, my back is going to hurt. So naturally, I should think about bending backwards," she said.

Lower back pain can be relieved with a few simple postures. 

"You can take a small towel roll. Just roll it up and place it in the low part of your back," she said.

Even beach toys can be used to your advantage. 

"So many of the patients have noticed that this is really a nice little tool to add to their travel kits even. It only takes four puffs of air," Harris said.

As the holiday season approaches, there are additional factors to keep in mind. 

"Don't sit on the floor cross legged [while] wrapping your Christmas presents. Bring it up to a table height, or even better, bring it to the kitchen and put it on the kitchen counter top," she said.

If you are feeling the back pain elsewhere, there is hope for you also.
Next Wednesday on Health desk, you'll learn about tips for relieving pain in your upper back.

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