Do you complain of back pain?
Are you among those complaining of back pain and if you do have you have ever wondered what it is that you do that might make things actually worse?
I do and that’s why I suggest you read the following excerpt of a very interesting article on this subject:
How much work can the back do without strain?
About 80 percent of American adults complain of back pain and it is one of the most common reasons for calling in sick to work. Some $50 billion is spent on back-pain care in the U.S. each year. Still, it is difficult to know when we’re putting too much strain on the complicated mass of bones, nerves, muscles, joints and ligaments. One expert, Kee Kim, chief of spinal neurosurgery at University of California, Davis, explains what the back is capable of and how posture and core strength play a part in its job.
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The back provides structure and support for body weight and protects the spinal cord and nerves running from the brain to the rest of the body, says Dr. Kim. It also allows the body to move. “Even when you are sitting, your back is working,” he says. And there is pressure on the back even during sleep, he says.
The back probably does more work than the arms or legs, says Dr. Kim, but there are no hard data to prove it and the amount of strain a back can take is very individualized. Good posture lowers the amount of work the back must do. “It’s not just that standing and sitting upright looks better. When you slouch forward at your desk, you are putting almost twice as much strain on the disks than if you were sitting straight up,” he says. Obesity also makes the back exert more energy. “We physicians encourage overweight patients to lose weight to help reduce stress on the spine and improve efficiency of the back,” he says.
Manual labor can create problems over time. “One study found that the prevalence of back pain was 40 percent among manual laborers as opposed to 18 percent among those who had sedentary jobs,” he says…