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With the arrival of winter season, many people will be at risk of all kinds of injuries, from slips and falls, to sprains and strains, to serious back injuries when shovelling snow. It is important to take safety precautions to prevent injury, because even light fluffy snow can sustain serious back injuries if shovelled improperly. Here are a few tips to help you avoid low back pain and injuries when shovelling snow: Choose the right snow shovel Choosing an ergonomic shovel with an adjustable handle length or curved handle can eliminate the risk of painful bending. With the right shovel, you only need to bend your knees slightly and arch your back slightly as well to keep the shovel blade on the ground. You may also consider switching to a small plastic blade, instead of a metallic one. A lightweight shovel will reduce each load, making the task less strenuous.…

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Lower back pain is very common, with roughly 80 percent of adults experiencing it in their lifetime. Lower back pain is also complex, with many different possible causes. One often unsuspected cause can be your feet. Lower back pain can significantly impact the quality of one’s life. In fact, it is a very common cause of disability and missed days of work. While most lower back pain is acute, some also experience chronic lower back pain. The fact that treatment…

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Core stability is essential to the body’s function and alignment. Proper development of core stability creates a foundation for all movement while protecting the spine and its discs from injury. The following are four ways to improve your core stability. Performing these exercises over time increases the strength of the stabilizers, neutralizers, and prime movers of the body. Supine Hip Bridge This exercise strengthens the hip extensor muscles, which helps to improve core stability. Weak gluteal muscles and hip stabilizers…

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Yoga offers a wide range of benefits that support your long-term health and performance. For individuals who suffer from back pain, yoga can be a powerful tool that gives them the relief they’ve been looking for. Yoga exercises improve strength and flexibility. These work to provide the stability and mobility that reduces muscle tension and decreases stress on the joints of the body. The following are 3 yoga poses to alleviate back pain. Learning how to do them correctly and…

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Back pain can really mess up your life. It limits your mobility and can make life miserable. There are many different types of back pain with many different causes and possible cures and treatments. One common solution for various back problems is surgery, but depending on the type of pain and injury, some people can avoid surgery and explore less invasive therapeutic options instead. Surgery is hard on your body and may require a painful recovery, and can even be…

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