Physical activity and back problems
Approximately 80 percent of back problems are of musculoskeletal origin. Because most back problems are localized in the musculoskeletal system, much can be done to alleviate the difficulty through exercise and changing the habits of work, sleep and play.
Unilateral or one-sided activities cause musculoskeletal imbalance which, in turn, can cause pain (driving a car, truck, boat, shoveling, etc.). A slight scoliosis (lateral curvature of the spine) can cause back pain when one is under maximal stress, whereas it might not trouble one at other times.
Causes of Musculoskeletal back problems:
- Scoliosis (spinal curvature)
- Poor posture
- Poor shoes and feet
- Unilateral skills and habits
- Short lower limb
- Hip tilt or imbalance
- Lack of strength
- Imbalances lifting
- Sleeping habits
- Static positions: sitting, standing, driving car, etc.
Back problems can remain with one for life, but they can be minimized by changing habits and undertaking proper exercise.
The spine must be used as a unit, i.e., when sleeping on your side, which is recommended, use a double pillow to align the head and neck with the remainder of the spine. Do not sleep in the prone position.
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