7 Things to Stop Doing if You Have Low Back Pain

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Oct 28, 2014

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Despite easy-to-follow approaches that manage back pain to improve your quality of life, many people can’t stop making some common mistakes that worsen the discomfort of the back.
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    Back Pain Mistakes

    Millions of people report having back pain. For back pain management, you need to consider a number of things. Despite easy-to-follow approaches that manage back pain to improve your quality of life, many people can’t stop making some common mistakes that worsen the discomfort of the back. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Stretching Back Muscles

    One of the most common preconceived notions is that stretching is helpful for back pain. Doing the stretches that target back area is no fix for the problem, instead it can make it worse. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Ignoring Pain for too Long

    Even those who have been experiencing back pain for too long don’t report it, but wait for it to get better. Seek treatment for persistent back pain. Waiting can wreak havoc on your back and it may turn out to be too late for medical intervention. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Remaining Inactive

    Back pain makes us afraid to exercise, but there is substantial scientific evidence to suggest that exercise reduces all kinds of pain. When your back hurts, start slow and easy with low-impact activity; being sedentary for a few months is one of the things that can worsen back pain. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Slouching

    Many of those with desk jobs get back pain as a result of slouching or not sitting in a healthy posture. If you are struggling with back pain and work at a desk all day, sit up straight. If you don’t, your back pain will get worse. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Eating Junk Food

    It may sound like the two are unrelated, but there is a connection. Most junk foods don’t provide your body the fuel to operate efficiently and can make muscles tired. On the other hand, food options such as wholegrain cereal, protein-rich yogurt and veggies can make a positive difference. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Smoking

    Smoking limits the amount of oxygen that the body's muscles need. Moreover, smoking may also lead to fatigue and lung disorders, which in addition cause back pain, making it difficult for the body to move. If you have been struggling with back pain for quite some time, kicking the habit can help. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Binge Drinking

    If you are waking up with back pain after you’ve had a few drinks at night, it could be because of the alcohol. Dehydration can make back pain worse. You can prevent dehydration by drinking enough fluids. If you have chronic back pain, it’s best to limit drinks to two. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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