Low back pain- a health epidemic?

By Dr. Dan Van Roon • September 28th, 2012

Approximately 80% of the population suffers from low back pain at some point in their life. I know all too well, it started for me way too young. I was approximately 14 when I had my first low back issue, but on the bright side, that is why I am a chiropractor now. It has been over 15 years since my last major flare up. So recurrences do not have to happen if you do the right things. I just wanted to give everyone a few tips for a healthier back.

Exercise- get a workout in for a half hour every day. Change up your exercises frequently and change intensity often.

Stretch 2-3 times a week. You are less susceptible to injury if your muscles are loose and supple.

Work smarter, not harder. Use your brain and your buddy with lifting. You are not a bigger man if you do everything alone, just a person who is going to have more back issues.

Listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.

Don’t cover up symptoms with OTC’s (over the counter meds). Oftentimes people take OTC’s right away at the hint of pain. I am not a fan because you are covering up the symptom temporarily, go out and hurt your back more because your body can’t tell you to stop, and when the drug wears off you are in worse shape than you were before.

See your chiropractor. I usually recommend a “tune up” routinely to keep yourself in good shape even when you are feeling well- to stay well. Usually treatment is more frequent in the “acute” phase of care, but most low back cases can respond well to chiro care and do not need to go on to surgery.

Hope these few tidbits help.

Yours in Health,
Dan van Roon

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