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Back Pain and Aging | Why 40 is a Milestone

So, if 40 is the new 30 then why do you feel like 90 when it comes to your back? You woke up one day—just having escaped your 30’s and now you can’t get out of bed! There are factors at work here that have been at work for the decade prior to your 40th birthday and you never even knew it. Here we are going to teach you what those things are and how you can prevent them from getting any worse!

The Secret Sabotage on your Back:

Most people have no idea that there occupations and their lifestyles are sabotaging their backs over years and years of labor. You may go through life with a seemingly perfect back and be unaware of degenerating disk problems. This is not a symptomless thing. What you do notice you will attribute to stiffness and lack of stretching. You’ve heard the groans of labor as you get up off the floor.

These ‘symptoms’ can certainly tell you what’s going on. Most people will also pass off lower back aches—because they’re mild—as age. And they would be right but it shouldn’t be happening. It happens because we are desensitized to the situation and their are reasons for back pain in every decade of our lives according to WebMd.com .

Steps to Make Sure your Back Doesn’t get Worse:

Once you hit 40 and you’ve figured out that you are a lot stiffer and starting to feel pain, you need to address the issue. First, yes, you should see a physician or Chiropractor to figure out if you have anything like degenerative disk. This will tell you what your limits will be as far as the suggestions we are about to make. After you’ve gotten your information on your back health you can make an educated choice on your treatment.

Understand that Physical Activity is Everything:

Once we start having any kind of back discomfort we do two things. One, we pop a pill and two we stay sedentary so we don’t irritate it. When what you are actually doing—barring any serious injury—is irritating it by sitting still. The suggested activities will stretch the back and elongate the spine and muscles so that the pressure which causes herniated disks will be relieved.

Yoga

Yoga is the best way to stretch the back in a safe fashion—again, barring any serious injury. Hatha and Namaste yoga or any of the starter yoga practices will do. Start doing this or any stretching twice a day and you will feel a marked difference.

Walking:

You have to actually incorporate walking into your program without excuse. The biggest culprit which is an enemy to the back is the lack of walking movement. But it can also hurt it at certain stages according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/backpain/detail_backpain.htmThere are also specialize machines that will stretch the spine gently as you lay on your back and allow it to move the legs in a circular motion.

It is a very simple process to prevent and to stave off the worsening of back pain and back disorders by simple early movement maintenance.

Phyllis Kentleton

Phyllis Kentleton is a professional copywriter and web content creator with a former medical background as a Certified Nursing Assistant and a specialization in Alzheimer's and Dementia care. She owns a Facebook community that supports writers and artists in the state of Florida.