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10 Simple Exercises for Back Pain Prevention

About Back Pain

As we all know, prevention is generally better than cure, and although most of the readers of back pain blog are suffering with pain to some degree or other, these exercises are beneficial to everyone with back pain.

As with all exercise, do what you can and don’t do anything that hurts too much. We all probably know our own threshold, but if in doubt, see your doctor first.

StarAdvertiser.com site asked longtime Denver fitness trainer Donna Miller to put together a few basic lower back exercises that can be used by beginners and advanced athletes alike, and kindly posted them for everyone to benefit from.

There are 10 illustrated exercises here, using a minimum of equipment, and recommended to be done four times a week. You can have a look here.

Are Your Gait and Posture Aggravating Your Back Pain?

If you have back or knee pain, your standing posture, the way you sit, the way you get up and the way you walk automatically change to ensure that you do not stress the area in pain.

That explains why people hold their back and walk or exhibit a waddling gait (much like how the emperor penguins walk) when in pain. So says human movement specialist B S Badrinath Rao who believes posture and gait are learned behaviors that often need immediate correction .

In an interesting article on the DeccanHerald.com website she tell us that gait and posture are affected by situations around us, and pain that affects us.

We can help our pain by relearning “normal” gait and posture,  simple procedure not nearly as difficult as you may think. If you want to read the full story, use this link.

27 Possible Causes of Knee Pain

As an ex-chronic knee pain sufferer myself (95 percent better since becoming the proud owner of two artificial knees) this page on the Healthline.com website caught my eye this week.

It details 27 possible causes of knee pain. Giving symptoms for each cause, together with links to explore treatments. There is also a link to a video relating to that cause.

A very informative pag,e and well worth a look if you are having knee problems. You can find it here.

How Back Pain Could Be Caused by Your Financial Situation

And finally for this back pain blog post, on CBS News recently. Dr Kavita Mariwalla, a dermatologist at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, pointed to some things in your daily routine that you may not realize could prompt pain.

One in particular, for the men amongst you out there, amused me, although he is serious and you might want to think about it.

Your wallet can be a real pain in the back and the buttocks, and it can even lead to shooting pains down one leg. Tucked in a back pocket, it may rest directly over the piriformis muscle, which is located over the sciatic nerve, compressing and irritating it day after day.

A fat wallet may also put the spine slightly out of alignment, causing muscle tension. Solution: Remove your wallet before sitting, especially in the car.

Doesn’t apply to me, I’ve never had a fat wallet!

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