Back pain can cause interruptions in your daily life. It can be excruciating for some and it's actually a very common problem people face today. According to (WebMD), it is the second most common reason why people visit the doctor. It can appear as a sharp burning pain or can manifest as a dull ache. There are many causes including the spine being out of alignment, injuries, chronic conditions, and others. The good news is that most cases are preventable. Let's explore the following tips for preventing back pain:

1) Exercise Often
If you're out of shape, chances are that your spine is out of alignment, which can cause back pain. You may think that resting is best when you have an intense painful episode, but it is actually better to get your back moving and release tension from your vertebra.
2) Improve Your Sleep Position

Use pillows to create an ergonomic position while you sleep. If you sleep on your back, place a pillow under your knees and another under your lower back to support your spine.

3) Stop Smoking

The (National Institute of Health) reported a correlation between smoking and the occurrence of back pain. That's due to the restriction of blood vessels that block the flow of nutrients. It affects spinal discs making smokers a population at risk for back pain.

4) Practice Proper Nutrition

Osteoporosis makes your bones weak. The (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) reports that the leading cause of back pain is from spine fractures from osteoporosis. This can be prevented by ensuring you consume proper amounts of calcium and vitamin D as well as having an overall nutritious diet.

5) Use Foot Support

Your feet play an important role in the alignment of your spine. (Harvard University)  reports that dynamic arch support alleviates back pain. Orthotic Insoles such as SelectFlex Arch Control Insoles allow you to immediately feel support and allow your whole body to align as a healthy spine should. The shoe inserts provide the benefits of orthotics by giving you arch support.

6) Be Aware of Your Posture

Nowadays we're bombarded with technology and unfortunately, it doesn't benefit our spine. A key factor for preventing back pain is maintaining good posture throughout the day and, as mentioned earlier, even at night while you sleep. Your ears, shoulders, hips, and ankles should make a straight line. Observing your profile picture will tell you if you are letting your head, shoulders, and hips lean forward. This misalignment in the rest of your body causes your feet to exteriorly rotate and is the foundation of many health problems. It also works inversely, if your feet are not properly positioned it affects the rest of your body's alignment.

7) Stay Hydrated
Drinking plenty of water has many benefits we all know about, however, joint health is another surprising advantage to staying hydrated. An article by the  (Spine Institute of North America)  notes that spinal discs rehydrate during the night with the water consumed that day.

This means that if you don't drink enough water, your vertebrates won't have the cushioning effect your spinal discs provide. Older adults have a diminished thirst reflex, making it more common for them to be dehydrated. This adds to the back issues that come with age.

8) Pay Attention To Pain
Pain is a signal that indicates to you the need for correcting a problem. It is easy to take medication and erase the pain, but that is not advisable. Instead, search for the root reason of what is causing the pain and correct it. By ignoring the pain, you put yourself at risk for an even bigger problem. Catch the pain early to avoid major back pain.

PaStart With Your Feet
Healthy spinal alignment is reflected in the condition of your feet. SelectFlex Arch Control Insoles provide the customizeable arch support that you can only get from orthotics. Step into the prevention of back pain and other ailments by giving your feet the support they need. Visit our website (www.SelecFlex.com) or call (844) 570-1862 to learn more about how you can give your body support, stability, alignment, cushioning, and mobility with orthotic insoles.