MONTHLY HEALTH FOCUS:
Beat back pain
Many times back pain doesn't have an obvious cause. Whether you know the cause or have a chronic condition such as arthritis, back pain can interfere with everything from your job to your social life. So what can you do if you are suffering from back pain? Find out options for treating your backache or back injury, and learn the causes and symptoms of low back pain. Did you know that being active is one of the best things you can do to help with back pain? Here's a one-stop resource filled with information on low back pain.
Bolster your back
Is your back bothering you? Moving more can be the best medicine. Exercise may help decrease low back pain, help you recover faster, prevent future injuries to your back, and reduce the risk of disability from back pain. You may feel like resting, but when you no longer have severe pain, gentle strengthening exercises are good for your back. Your doctor or physical therapist can suggest specific exercises for you. And you can check out this helpful guide with how-to instructions for exercises to help soothe your back pain.
Quick tips for using backpacks safely
Backpacks need to work hard! They hold gear, carry books and lunch bags, and lug laptops and a host of other necessary items. But if they're not used right, they can strain muscles and cause back pain. While backpack safety is important for everyone, it's especially important for kids. Children can be hurt by carrying too much weight or not wearing their backpacks safely. So where should you start? Begin by choosing the right backpack, such as one that is light with wide, padded shoulder straps. Then learn how to pack, lift, and wear your backpack safely. Here are some backpack safety tips for you and your kids.
Stop back pain at work
Ever had back problems? Long work hours can make us ache. The way you set up your office work space can help you be more comfortable at work and ease neck and back pain. The goal of office ergonomics is to set up your workstation so that it fits you and the job that you are doing. Learn more tips for stopping injuries at work and what to do if you have a work-related injury.