The idea of a resolution to protect your back might seem a bit silly. But for those who have suffered back injuries, inflammation, and pain, you know that it’s no joke. This is especially true for those of you who suffer such injuries on a frequent basis. But if you take the opportunity to change a few habits now, you can significantly reduce your odds of a new injury in the future.

Work on overall fitness. Daily exercise helps you to improve balance and muscle tone, which can lower your risk of back injuries.

Strengthen your core. The core muscles of your abdomen provide stability to your entire body, while helping you maintain correct posture. Include core strengthening exercises into your overall fitness plan, and you will reap numerous benefits.

Stretch regularly. Always stretch as you warm up and cool down from exercise, to prevent overextending muscles. A regular morning stretch routine is a good idea too.

Take rest days. Sometimes overuse can lead to injury. If you’re pursuing a new exercise routine, or a particularly vigorous one, remember to take rest days so that your body can recuperate.

Lift heavy objects properly. Remember the old rule: Lift heavy objects by squatting and using the strength of your legs to push upward. Avoid bending and twisting motions that can strain the muscles of your back.

Reinvent your office environment. If you spend a significant amount of time sitting for work, consider a standing desk. If you want to remain sitting, explore your options such as ergonomic chairs or cushions. Remember to remain seated with both feet flat on the floor in front of you, and position your monitor so that you look straight ahead rather than up or down.

Visit your chiropractor regularly. If you suffer from back pain on a regular basis, chiropractic adjustments can help you to resolve the underlying cause. And if you do suffer an injury, call us right away. We can assess your situation and institute a plan of treatment to reduce pain.