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Back and Spine Care Newsletter Friday, July 31, 2015

A Better Back for a Better You

Don't let your back pain keep you from doing things you love. 

Lace Up Your Sneakers to Reduce Pain

Often times pain keeps people from exercising, but the truth is, walking and strength training are two ways to reduce pain and are just as effective as many drugs for back pain. After long periods of inactivity, your body starts to lose muscle, which can make pain even worse. Help reduce pain by walking for 30 minutes five times a week, and strengthen your muscles by lifting light weights or doing resistance exercises. Click here to learn more alternative treatments for back pain.

Test Your Back and Spine Knowledge

It is important to be informed about anything that hurts in your body. Do you know what the spinal cord is an extension of? How about what happens when osteoarthritis occurs in the spine? Test your knowledge about back and spine pain by taking this quiz.

Quit Smoking, Reduce Back Pain

Smokers are more susceptible to back pain because nicotine restricts the flow of blood to your discs, which reduces the amount of cushion for your vertebrae. Let PinnacleHealth help you kick the bad habit that increases your risk of osteoporosis of the spine and other bone problems. For information about smoking cessation services at PinnacleHealth please call (717) 221-6268 or click here.

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Tips for a Healthy Back

When sitting: Sit with your knees
slightly below your hips for good
lower back support.

When lifting heavy items: Always push instead of pull. Push with your legs and arms to reduce the amount of strain on your back. If something is too heavy, never hesitate to ask for help.

Sleeping: Sleeping on your back puts a lot of extra pressure on it. Try lying on your side with a pillow between your knees to reduce the pressure.

Weight control: Extra body weight puts a strain on your back. It is recommended that people stay within 10 pounds of their healthy weight to fend off back pain.


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