In today’s stressful lifestyle, lot of people suffer from lower back pain. Most of the times, this lower back pain is the reason for limited activity in ones day-to-day life.
There are many reasons for lower back pain, most common ones being:
- Muscular pain: any strain or sprain while lifting heavy weight objects.
- Sitting / lying down for long time in bad posture.
- Pain due to pressure on the back caused by gas accumulation in stomach.
- Long gaps between your eating.
- The bigger your belly, the weaker your back would be.
Of course, there are medical conditions as well but the 5 reasons mentioned above are the most common ones.
So what can you do to ease the back pain? Keep reading……
I am sure with all the above reading, the first thing that comes to your mind would be to strengthen your abs. Yes that’s right, you need to strengthen your abs. The main aim is to reduce the fat around your abdomen, as lesser the fat on your abs, stronger your back would be. The extra fat on your abs keeps your back muscles contracted and that could be the reason for your back pain.
Below are important points that will help you in easing your back pain:
1) Develop the habit of sitting in an upright posture with your back straight.
2) Strengthen your abs by doing different exercises like crunches, side crunches etc. Precaution: While doing any exercise that involves lifting your feet off the ground always keep your hands below the lower back or otherwise you can very easily injure your back more.
3) Holding the knee to chest stretch for a while helps to strengthen your back muscles.
4) People who suffer from back pain should not run on the treadmill as that can injure the back more.
5) If your body has a gaseous tendency, then try to avoid these food items: cucumber, cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, beans as they can aggravate the gas production in your body.
6) Eat every 2-3 hours.
7) Lastly, there is an asana named Kattiutthansan which helps to ease the back pain and strengthen your back muscles. For doing this asana:
- Lie on the floor in supine position.
- Bend your legs from your knees and keep them at little distance from each other.
- Hands should be kept on the side of your body with palms facing the floor.
- Inhale and lift up from your hips, your shoulders and neck should be on the floor.
Caution: If you have back pain do the asana only once. You can repeat it 3-4 times in a day at intervals, but in one sitting do it only once.
With this, I conclude my article. I will be writing more about different kinds of pain in my upcoming articles. Suggestions are always welcome.