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Posture Tips for Dealing With Back Pain

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Dealing with back pain can be unbearable sometimes.  It’s often hard to do the most basic actions that we take advantage of when we aren’t in pain.  Something as simple as sitting or lying down can be a struggle. Today we’re going to share best practices for how to situate your back and spine when resting or moving around.  

Sitting
Try not to sit all day, although this can be tempting, even with moderate to severe back pain.  Try to limit sitting to 15 or 20 minutes at a time.  Use a small pillow or rolled up towel to support your lower back to maintain proper posture.  Maintain a 90 degree angle at your hips and knees, and your spine will be in it’s ideal posture.

Driving
When driving, try to replicate the posture you used during your periodic sessions of sitting.  Try to get as close to 90 degrees as you can and, again, use a small pillow or rolled up towel to support your lower back.  Depending on the seats in your car, you may need more or less support.

Reaching
There’s always something up on a shelf.  If you don’t have anyone to reach it for you, use a stool or low chair to bring that item within eye level.

Lying Down
Lumbar support is just as important when you’re lying down.  A firmer surface is better than a soft one which will bend your spine.  Use a pillow to prop up your lower back.  Try to fall asleep while lying on your side with a pillow between your thighs.

Lifting
Don’t. Any lifting of any degree should be done by someone else but if you must reach down for a small object that doesn’t require effort, bend at the knees and maintain the vertical position of your spine.