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Low back pain or lumbago affects over 3 million people per year, peak age is 19 years old to 80+.  Typically low back pain is caused by injury to a muscle (strain), or ligament (sprain).  Common causes include improper lifting, poor posture (repetitive strain), lack of regular exercise, arthritis, fracture, injured spinal disc.

If you experience low back pain over a two week period, experience leg weakness, numbness, tingling in the legs, feet or hamstrings see your primary care doctor or chiropractor immediately.

Preventing Low Back Pain

Maintain a healthy diet and weight

  1. Try cooking your own meals, eating smaller portions, eat early (not eating after 6:30pm so you have a minimum of 12 hours before your first meal of the day),

           Drink more water.

        Avoid prolonged inactivity

           Take three to four micro-breaks when sitting (30-40 second stretches for the hips, low  back, possibly look at a sit-stand desk or desk top at work,


  1.        Warm up and stretch before physical activity

such as walking, hiking, gardening.  Think dynamic stretching such as partial lunges,  squat-rises, runners stretch, hamstring stretch,  gluteal stretches.


  1.       Wear comfortable low heel shoes
  2.       Sleep on mattress that is a medium firmness

This will minimize improper curve in the spine while sleeping.  Use a pillow between the knees,


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  1.  Lift with your knees and do not twist the spine when lifting 

Author: Curtis Haake D.C.

Hi I'm Dr. Haake and I help people live happy, healthy, and pain-free through modern chiropractic medicine and active health coaching. As your walnut creek chiropractor I employ a health-team approach to your health crisis. As your health-team member we get you back on your feet as quickly as possible; addressing diet, nutrition and exercise.

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