Did you know that approximately one-fourth of adults in the United States experience back pain at least once during a three-month time period. Unfortunately, I am now officially one of them and have several other friends who are members of this group.
So what does back pain have to do with diet and exercise? A lot, as it turns out. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) has identified both as risk factors for back pain. For instance, people who don’t exercise regularly often have weak core muscles that don’t do a good job of supporting the spine. Additionally, people who adopt a “weekend warrior” approach (exercise a lot on the weekends while being inactive the rest of the week) are actually more likely to have painful backs. And obesity puts additional stress on the back. NIAMS also identified other risk factors for back pain, which include:
Age. The first lower back pain commonly occurs between the ages ...
Chronic pain is challenging to say the least. Not only do we have to cope with the pain itself, but often we also have to deal with fatigue (being constantly in pain is exhausting) and difficulties with memory and concentration. Over the years, I've gathered a few tips that may make your life a little easier or help you accomplish a little more. Household Tips:
• When you have a day you feel up to cooking, make double and freeze half. Then when you’re having a bad day, all you have to do is heat and serve.
• Arrange your cabinets and closets so that the things you use most are the easiest to get to. Keep the necessity of bending or stretching to a minimum.
• Keep a basket of items you use frequently (pad, pencil, nail file, hand lotion, etc.) on the end table next to your favorite chair so you don’t have to get up every time you need something.
• Look for kitchen gadgets t...
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